By supporting a “get out the vote rally” in Wilton featuring Scott Presler the Saratoga County Republicans have embraced the far right conspiracy theorists. Presler has a long history of involvement in extremist activities including the January 6 assault on the US Capitol. This is a link to a story about Mr. Presler. The rally was supposed to feature a joint appearance of Presler with Rep. Elise Stefanik. While Stefanik is sponsoring and promoting the rally and has heaped praise on Presler, she apparently now will not actually attend the event on Wednesday.
Make no mistake, Mr. Presler is the real thing in the “stop the steal” universe.
I was made aware of the event and of Scott Presler when I received a release from mayoral candidate, Robin Dalton.
I subsequently emailed the Republican endorsed candidates for Saratoga Springs City Council along with the city Republican chairman Chris Obstarczyk.
Neither Chairman Obstarczyk nor any of the Republican endorsed candidates for city offices are planning to attend the event. I have included their responses to my query below.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 20th, 2021
‘This is not Patriotism’ – Dalton Condemns Actions of Saratoga County GOP
(SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY) The Saratoga County Republican Committee has announced they are hosting a ‘Rally & Voter Registration Drive’ next week in Saratoga featuring ‘American Patriot’ Scott Presler.
Scott Presler is NOT an American patriot.
Scott Presler is an extremist political activist who promotes the most insidious forms of hatred and bigotry. He has collaborated with neo-nazis, supports eradicating Muslims as a people and denigrates our democracy by continuing to rally and promote ‘Stop the Steal’ events. He denies COVID and supports Qanon conspiracy theories.
Is this how the Saratoga County GOP defines patriotism?
Commissioner Robin Dalton
“In the strongest possible terms, I reject the hatred being invited into our community. Scott Presler’s alt-right facism is not welcome here, not today, not tomorrow, not in our city, not in our America” said Dalton, calling on all Saratoga Springs political candidates to reject this event and affirm that hate has no place in our home.
Heidi Owen West
Um, no . . . I didn’t even know about the event until Ron Kim tagged me in his post. I am out of town on a combined vacation/ work trip until Travers the 28th when I’ll need to be working at the shop.
I will not be attending the event
No, I will not be attending the event with Scott Presler. I have never even heard of him until seeing all the bashing posts on social media.
I will not be attending this event. Please let me if you have any other questions.
Good morning John. I do not plan on attending