Elise Stefanik had been doing great things since she was a student at Harvard. She joined the Bush White House immediately upon graduation and served in various roles in the former president’s administration.
She was elected to the House of Representatives for the first time in 2014. She was only 30 at the time, and at the time the youngest woman ever elected to Congress (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was a year younger when she was elected in 2019).
When Stefanik was first elected, she presented herself as moderate and happy to reach across the aisle. But things have changed drastically since then. The New York representative addressed Donald Trump. And now, with Trump’s blessing, she’s trying to take Liz Cheney’s leadership position.
Charlotte Alter von Time recently spoke to a number of former Stefanik friends about her rise. The comments on the Congresswoman were not favorable.
Margaret Hoover, former Bush White House colleague and PBS host, said of Stefanik: “Elise could have been the face of a new generation of Republicans who could be a true big-tent party that could build beyond the grassroots and lay the foundation for a coalition that could win national elections. It shows that she was never motivated by principle, and that is deeply disappointing. “
Former GOP Congresswoman Barbara Comstock was more blunt. She said to Alter: “Being a maid of Trump and patting Trump on the head a little is not a leadership step. It’s embarrassing. It is sad.”
Perhaps the worst criticism came from Caroline Mason, Stefanik’s former headmistress at the Albany School for Girls. “She basically gave up her own core values for a man who had no core values. “
You can read the entire profile here.
Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based policy and technology writer. His work has been featured on psfk.com, foxsports.com and hillreporter.com. He likes sports, politics, comics, and spends time with his family on the waterfront.