Elise Stefanik is from New York’s 21st District.

We’re not talking Manhattan here, it’s the north country, covering the Adirondack Mountains from the Vermont border to the east and the Canadian border to the north and west.

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For those of you who go way back with Legal Insurrection, NY-21 was a hot topic here in 2009 when Republican infighting and subterfuge handed the seat to Democrat Bill Owens in a Special Election defeat of conservative candidate Doug Hoffman. It was more important to state Republicans that a Tea Party insurgent lose than that Republicans hold the seat. Owens barely hung on to the seat in 2010 and 2012, but chose not to run for reelection in the 2014 cycle.

Stefanik won the seat in 2014, at age 30. At the time, the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Stefanik has won re-election pretty easily every since.

Stefanik has not received a lot of national media attention until recently.

Her performance at the impeachment hearings today has catapulted her to national prominence. She was just sooooooo gooooood.

I can watch these videos over and over. And probably will.

First, she took on Schiff. But because she’s Republican, Schiff received media cheers not scorn for trying to shut her up.

She took Schiff to the woodshed over his flip flop on having the so-called Whistleblower testify:

She score a substantive home run by pointing out that the Obama administration was concerned about Hunter Biden’s actions in Ukraine, so much so that she was prepped on the subject in advance of her Senate confirmation hearings. So why, she asked, is it wrong when Republicans to have the same concerns about Hunter Biden that the Obama administration had?

“President Obama’s own State Department was so concerned about potential conflicts of interest from Hunter Biden’s role at Burisma that they raised it themselves while prepping this wonderful Ambassador nominee before her confirmation. And yet our Democratic colleagues and the Chairman of this Committee cry foul when we dare ask that same question that the Obama State Department was so concerned about.”

Here she pointed out that Trump, not Obama, finally provided Ukraine with defensive military aid.

Stefanik shared center stage at the post-hearing press conference:

The best measure of how effective was is that the media is mocking and attacking her, and #TheResistance is launching fundraising for her 2020 challenger.

A Star Was Born today. A Girl from the North Country.

 
 
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