Cobb faces backlash over assault weapons statement

Cobb faces backlash over assault weapons statement

Tedra Cobb Photographer: Provided 21st CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT — Republicans and supporters of U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik are circulating a secretly filmed video in which Democratic congressional candidate Tedra Cobb expresses her support for an assault weapons ban, but says she can’t voice that support publicly. Cobb made the statements while meeting with a group of teenage supporters on May 18, though the video was not posted on YouTube until Monday. By Wednesday afternoon, it had been viewed more than 2,000 times. Saratoga County Republican Chairman Carl Zeilman was among those who shared it. "When I was at this thing today, it was the first table I was at, a woman said, ‘How do you feel about assault rifles?’ And I said they should be banned," Cobb can be heard saying in the video recorded by one of the attendees. "And I said — you know, people were getting up to go, to go get their lunch because it was a buffet — and I just said to her, ‘I want you to know Cindy, I cannot say that … I won’t win.’" It remains unclear what role gun control will play in the general election, but all the Democrats who were running in the spring for Stefanik’s seat favored some increased gun access restrictions. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, outspokenly supports gun rights. After the video controversy surfaced, Cobb’s social media posts focused not on guns, but on what she said were Republican health care policies that would raise insurance premiums and […]

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