House Republican Conference chairwoman Elise Stefanik’s, newest Democratic challenger for her New York congressional seat registered to vote in the district he hopes to represent just two weeks before entering the race.
Stefanik — who took the number three GOP spot in the House from Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo. earlier this year — may be going up against Democrat Matt Putorti in New York’s 21st Congressional District next November. He is not only an attorney barred in New York City, but he registered to vote in the district he is seeking to represent just two weeks before announcing his run.
Alex DeGrasse, the spokesman for Stefanik’s campaign, told Fox News on Thursday that voters in the upstate New York district know “exactly” the kind of person Putorti is.
“Voters in Upstate New York are smart. They will see this candidate for exactly who he is: A Far-Left New York City lawyer who supports Socialist squad policies like defunding the police, trillions in new taxes, and banning guns,” DeGrasse said in a statement. “North Country Republicans, Democrats, and Independents will never vote for this radical Socialist candidate.”
According to Federal Election Commission records, Putorti has backed the campaigns of far-left candidates who have supported defunding the police, including Reps. Mondaire Jones, D-N.Y., — a member of the pseudo-caucus known as “The Squad” — and Ritchie Torres, D-N.Y.