She’d be a household name if only she was a liberal Democrat who whined about the cost of birth control. We doubt anyone in the national media could pick her out of a lineup.
An upstate New York Republican is slated Tuesday to shatter the congressional record of former Brooklyn Democratic Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman as the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.
Elise Stefanik, 30, is favored to win in New York’s upstate 21st District and break history as the youngest female to win a seat in the House. Holtzman was sworn in at age 31 in 1973 at a time when women weren’t even allowed in the congressional gym.
“I’m just sorry it’s a not a Democrat,” Holtzman told The Post. “But hats off to her. We need more young women in Congress.”
Holtzman, who co-founded the first women’s caucus, never expected her record to last more than 40 years and would check with Congress every election to see if any young woman had finally surpassed it.
Stefanik, a Harvard graduate and a former aide to President George W. Bush, was not the person she had in mind.
“I think more important than gender, it’s what people stand for,” said Holtzman, a lawyer in Manhattan.
Another young Republican woman suffering from a national news blackout is Marilinda Garcia in New Hampshire, locked in a tight race with a Democrat incumbent who’s obsessed with abortion. We long for the day when Democrat women run on issues other than birth control and abortion.