21st CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT — Democratic congressional candidate Tedra Cobb on Wednesday came out in favor of impeachment of President Donald J. Trump, just hours ahead of the scheduled House of Representatives impeachment vote today in Washington, D.C.
“Given the seriousness of the charges and based on the overwhelming evidence that the President used $400 million in taxpayer money for his own personal, political gain, while risking our national security, I would vote in favor of impeachment," Cobb said in a statement released Wednesday morning. "We must ensure that anyone who occupies the highest office in the land never abuses the powers of that office."
Cobb's position contrasts with that of incumbent Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, who has been an aggressive defender of Trump during last month's hearings of the House Intelligence Committee, in which she is a minority member. She has criticized Cobb for not taking a position on the issue, where both are running in a North Country congressional district that Trump won by a wide margin in 2018.
Cobb has sought to focus on issues like expanding access to health care, and she called on Congress to re-focus on issues like that.
"I urge members of Congress to get to work on the issues they were sent there to address: reducing the cost of health care and prescription drugs, safeguarding Medicare and Social Security, and protecting our environment," said Cobb, a small business consultant and former member of the St. Lawrence County Legislature from Canton.
All three members of Congress representing the Capital Region and their prospective 2020 opponents have now made their positions on impeachment clear, with all lining up along the expected part lines.