Rep. Claudia Tenney would not discuss on Thursday the controversial memorandum that warns campaign staff to be safe while at work and at home and criticizes the family of her Democratic opponent Anthony Brindisi as “criminal” and “thuggish.”

Tenney was speaking at an unrelated event in Oriskany Falls and did not want to speak off topic, she said.

“We’re not going off topic because we want Oriskany to get the full benefit,” she said. “So thank you.”

Tenney noted her campaign manager had spoken on camera about the memo and insisted she hasn’t seen any news stories about the controversy.

“I didn’t write the memo,” she said while pulling off the microphone clipped to her jacket. “I’m not going to speak on behalf of the memo.”

The memo, written by a Tenney campaign consulted, references the criminal history of Brindisi’s father and brother while also urging campaign workers to lock their doors at night.

“My father is not on the ballot in November. Her father is not on the ballot in November. My name and Claudia Tenney’s name are on the ballot in November,” Brindisi said in an interview with Spectrum News.

“And people are going to look at my record, one of working with both sides of the aisle to get things done, someone who has stood up against my party when I think they’re wrong, and someone who has really delivered results for this region.”

Brindisi’s campaign on Wednesday released a fundraising email highlighting the memo controversy.

Tenney is running for a second term in the 22nd congressional district against Brindisi in what is considered one of the top-tier House races in the state this year.