By Luke T. Bush
PLATTSBURGH CITY, NY -- TUESDAY FEB. 4, 2020
About 50 people this evening showed up at the Koffee Kat to interact with Democratic candidate for the House of Representatives Tedra Cobb, New York Congressional District 21. She as been traveling throughout the congressional district -- all 1700 square miles -- to hear from voters and share her views, trying to meet as many people as she can. She explained: "It's not about me, it's about you."
She is running against pro-Trump Republican Elise Stefanik. Tedra point out that in the beginning Elise promoted herself as a moderate but now the incumbent has proven she's not one for moderation. President Donald Trump's policies are usually Elise's policies such as her vote vote against the Affordable Care Act (ACA.)
Tedra questioned how much attention Elise was spending on her constituents in the her district. Elise is now serving Trump as one of his NYS honorary re-election campaign chairs. Time spent campaigning for Trump meant less time to work for NY-21.
One issue discussed was health care. Tedra said she preferred a public option over a universal health care plan. One attendee said that ACA wasn't benefiting her because she was a "smidgen" over the eligibility limit.
Tedra stressed that when she served on the St. Lawrence County Legislature Democrats and Republicans worked together. If elected she will try to bring more unity between those parties in the House of Representatives.
She said if voters send the same politicians back to Washington, DC they will get the same results.