President Donald J. Trump is a force on the campaign trail and he’s ready to unleash that force on the mid-term election campaign trail for Republican lawmakers who support his agenda.
The President needs more allies in Congress to overcome the inertia and fear that drives Republican leadership in the House and Senate.
From The Hill:
President Trump heads to upstate New York today, where he’ll sign the National Defense Authorization Act at Fort Drum and then hold a fundraiser for Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), who in 2014 was the youngest woman elected to Congress.
The president will also fly to Utica to raise money for freshman Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.), whose district is rated as a toss-up by the nonpartisan Cook Political Report (WWNYTV).
Stefanik’s district, which shares long stretches of the border with Canada, is the kind of deep-red district that Republicans would not typically worry about. Trump carried the 21st Congressional District by 14 points in 2016 and Stefanik ran well ahead of him, defeating her Democratic challenger by 35 points
But in 2018, GOP lawmakers are being counseled to treat every seat as competitive and they’re seeking every advantage as they try to defy the odds and hold on to a majority in the House.