GOP’s Elise Stefanik receives Christmas gift as Dem rival makes Twitter gaffe

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GOP’s Elise Stefanik receives Christmas gift as Dem rival makes Twitter gaffe

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New Yorker. It’s what residents of the Empire State have long called themselves.

It’s even the name of a magazine – and for more than a half-century it was the name of a model of Chrysler automobile.

So it’s probably no surprise that a Democrat hoping to win a primary next year and then unseat GOP Rep. Elise Stefanik in New York’s 21st Congressional District drew some mockery Friday when he referred to the state’s voters as “New Yorkians.”

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“While Elise Stefanik is focused on starting culture wars, I’m focused on helping everyday New Yorkians,” candidate Matt Putorti posted on Twitter on Friday morning.

A short time later, Stefanik responded to the Christmas gift by posting a Christmas card to her constituents.

“Merry Christmas New YorkERS!” Stefanik wrote. “Sending you peace, love, and joy this holiday season.”

The post was accompanied by a family photo of Stefanik, husband Matt Manda and their 2-month-old baby son Sam.

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“Santa came early to #NY21 !!” Stefanik wrote in a separate post, reacting to Putorti’s gaffe.

Putorti’s original post was soon gone from his Twitter page – replaced by a corrected version saying “New Yorkers.”

But many social media users saw screen captures of the errant post and offered reactions of their own. Some samples: