Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., has endorsed Republican Joe Pinion for New York’s U.S. Senate seat in his bid to defeat and retire the longtime politician Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., from Congress, in November. “I am proud to endorse Joe Pinion for the U.S. Senate in my home state of New York,” Rep. Stefanik said in an exclusive statement offered to Fox News Digital. “For 24 years, Chuck Schumer has been on the wrong side of practically every major issue plaguing New Yorkers and Americans alike.” [tweet_embed] March 13, 2022[/tweet_embed] Pinion, an entrepreneur and a former TV anchor on Newsmax, gained the support of New York Republicans last week at the state party convention. That move made Pinion the first Black candidate nominated by either major party for the U.S. Senate in New York, Stefanik pointed out. “Joe Pinion brings fresh ideas and a renewed perspective to a state crying out for a new generation of vibrant, principled, conservative leadership in the U.S. Senate,” Stefanik went on to state. Stefanik is the No. 3 House Republican. [tweet_embed] March 13, 2022[/tweet_embed] Schumer is running for a fifth term in the U.S. Senate. He started in Washington in 1981 as a congressman and has risen through the ranks to become the most powerful man in the Senate. While New York is a traditional stronghold for Democrats, both Stefanik and Pinion hope Republicans will make inroads this November based on President Biden’s low approval rating and the new perspective Pinion can offer. A recent Siena College poll found 47% of registered New York voters had a favorable opinion of Schumer. “Senator Schumer has never been more vulnerable to defeat, and our party has never fielded a candidate more capable in that quest than Joe Pinion. Joe has the skills and vision necessary to articulate the reasons why Chuck Schumer can no longer be trusted to represent the people of New York,” Stefanik stated. Pinion expressed that he was “honored" to receive Stefanik’s support and predicted he’d one day work with her to help New Yorkers. [tweet_embed] March 13, 2022[/tweet_embed] “I am grateful for Elise’s friendship, her counsel, and I look forward to working alongside her to push back against Democrat one-party rule as we work to fight for the forgotten middle class, break the back of government sanction neglect, and build an America that works for ‘We The People’ once again,” Pinion said in a statement. A Schumer spokesperson declined to comment.