U.S. Representative Elise Stefanik has a new opponent and this Democrat is a former Olympic Speed Skater. Olympic hopeful Birdie Farrell announced today that her next olympic caliber competition will be a political one.

Today, I’m launching my campaign to defeat Rep. Elise Stefanik, and truly represent Upstate New York’s 21st District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Are you with me? Pitch in now: https://t.co/ZvNi35XrObpic.twitter.com/FWbICbaH4J

— Bridie Farrell (@BridieForUs) July 21, 2021, Twitter

"Today, I’m launching my campaign to defeat Rep. Elise Stefanik, and truly represent Upstate New York’s 21st District in the U.S. House of Representatives," Farrell announced on Twitter.

Farrell has recently been on a campaign against child sex abuse, revealing that as a child, she was the victim of sex abuse when an older male speed skater, a Gilbert medalist,  sexually violated her. Farrell has been lobbying for New York's Legislature to pass the Child Victim's Act and has traveled the country to change laws regarding sexual assault against children, according to the Albany Times Union.

Senate Committee Hears Holds On Role Of Nat'l Olympic Governing Bodies In Protecting Athletes
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 18: Speedskater Bridie Farrell (R) recounts her sexual abuse at the hands of her coach while testifying before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee's Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance and Data Security Subcommittee with fellow abuse victims Olympic bronze medal gymnast Jamie Dantzcher (L) and Olympic gold medal gymnast Jordyn Wieber in the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill April 18, 2018 in Washington, DC. The atheleats testified during the hearing titled 'Olympic Abuse: The Role of National Governing Bodies in Protecting Our Athletes.' (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Earlier this year, Stefanik was voted to the Republican number 3 spot when House members ousted Rep. Liz Chaney over her criticism of President Donald Trump after the January 6th insurrection.

Farrell will run as a Democrat in 2022. Earlier this week, Matt Putorti, an openly gay attorney from Whitehall, announced his candidacy against Stefanik.  Putori said he's running because Stefanik "is ripping apart the fabric of a community that has always looked out for one another."


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