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Stefanik Goes Her Own Way to Boost Republican Women Candidates

Last cycle, the New York congresswoman worked hard for the NRCC to recruit Republican women candidates. Next cycle, she’ll do the same but outside of the party’s apparatus.

By NTK Staff | 12.04.2018 @1:00pm
Stefanik Goes Her Own Way to Boost Republican Women Candidates

After spending a cycle with the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) recruiting qualified women candidates to run for House seats, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) is breaking out on her own next cycle to have a more direct role in boosting women candidates in Republican primaries.

The number of Republican women in the House will drop from 23 to 13 next year, while Democrats are adding 35 new women, bringing their total up to 89. Stefanik wants to reverse that trend on the Republican side.

“I want to play in primaries, and I want to play big in primaries,” she said in a phone interview Friday.

She plans to refocus and expand her leadership PAC to support women and what she called “nontraditional candidates.”

“I think it’s really important as a woman who faced a very competitive primary in 2014, we need to support those women earlier and learn the lessons of how effective the other side was in getting women through these competitive primaries,” she said.

In order to accomplish her goals, however, Stefanik had to leave behind the NRCC, which does not meddle in primaries. Incoming NRCC chair, Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN), said the committee doesn’t play in primaries, and that policy won’t change in 2020.

Emmer noted that the NRCC will have a “women’s program” designed to “help identify female candidates and help them through the process.” But he draws the line at getting involved in primaries, which he said could be viewed as “too Washington-driven.”

Still, Stefanik thinks more women voices in Washington is key to Republicans’ future success, and she’s not concerned about their ideology.

“It’s important to have women in the Freedom Caucus, the Republican Study Group, and the Tuesday Group,” she told Roll Call.

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