NY-22: Tenney Added To NRCC Program

Former Rep. Clauida Tenney has been added to the National Republican Congressional Committee’s “Young Guns” program, giving her “on the radar” status a month after she announced her plans to win back the seat she lost a year ago.

“I am grateful for the early recognition by the NRCC of the strong campaign we are putting together on the ground to win back NY-22. This is one of the most important races in the country and it is important we are unified going into Election Day next year,” Tenney said in a statement.

Tenney last year was defeated by Democratic Rep. Anthony Brindisi in the closely watched 22nd congressional district, which includes parts of the Mohawk Valley and Southern Tier regions of the state.

Given its Republican tilt, and the support President Trump drew in his 2016 election when he carried the district that year, the seat is once again expected to be one of the more competitive House races in New York, if not the country.

She faces George Phillips, Steve Cornwell and Franklin Sager for the Republican nomination in June.

The Young Guns program requires Republican candidates to reach certain benchmarks for support and fundraising in an election cycle.

NY-22: Brindisi Says It’s ‘Too Early’ Talk Impeachment

Democratic Rep. Anthony Brindisi told reporters on Tuesday it’s “too early” to discuss the impeachment of President Donald Trump and wants to review the facts before making a determination.

“I think it’s far too early to discuss impeachment,” Brindisi said. “There are investigations happening. As I’ve said, this is a very sad time for our country. We should treat this with the utmost respect and give it the attention it deserves.”

Brindisi, a former member of the state Assembly, was elected to a district that President Donald Trump easily carried in 2016 after unseating Republican incumbent Claudia Tenney last year. Trump campaigned heavily for Tenney last year, including a fundraising stop and the deployment of his family members on her behalf.

House Democrats last week announced they would move forward with an impeachment inquiry, including lawmakers who were elected to battleground seats, like Rep. Antonio Delgado. Democrats are investigating whether Trump abused his power by asking the president of Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son’s business ties in the country.

But Brindisi, for now, has taken a cautious approach.

“We can’t pre-judge what the outcome will be,” Brindisi said. “At this point in time I’m not supporting impeachment. There are investigations happening. I want to see what the facts are and then make a determination at that point.”

Brindisi said he was focused on more localized issues, like combating the opioid crisis and veterans’ concerns.

“Right now, what I don’t want to lose sight of, is the work that the people in this region sent me to Washington to do,” he said.

NY-22: Tenney And Brindisi In A Statistical Tie

Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney and her Democratic challenger Anthony Brindisi are in a neck-and-neck race for the 22nd congressional district, a Spectrum News/Syracuse.com/Siena College poll found.

The poll found Brindisi, a state assemblyman, leading Tenney 46 percent to 45 percent. Tenney is seeking a second term for the district that includes parts of the Mohawk Valley, central New York and Southern Tier region.

Brindisi draws the majority of independents, 54 percent.

Brindisi has a favorability rating of 46 percent to 37 percent, while Tenney’s favorability stands at 42 percent. Forty-seven percent have an unfavorable view of her, the poll found.

There’s a stark gender and age gap in the race as well. Brindisi is supported by 51 percent of women. Male voters back Tenney’s re-election 52 percent to 41 percent. Tenney, too, has the support of voters under the age of 55, receiving support from just over half of those voters.

Despite the favorability problems, voters in the district are supportive of Republicans maintaining control of the House of Representatives, with 53 percent preferring the GOP retain its majority. At the same time, 53 percent of voters polled approve of the job President Donald Trump is doing, compared to 43 percent who do not.

The poll of 501 likely voters was conducted from Oct. 15 to Oct. 22. It has a margin of error of 4.7 percentage points.

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Tenney Won’t Discuss Campaign Memo

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.

New CLF Ads Target Brindisi

The Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC endorsed by the House Republican leadership, is releasing two more ads in NY-22 today, both of which target the Democratic candidate, Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, and seek to cast him as a political insider who is too liberal for the moderate-to-conservative leaning district.

The ads will run in the Binghamton and Utica media markets, as well as on digital platforms, and is part of some $2 million worth of time the CLF has reserved in this hotly contested district for the fall.

The fist spot, dubbed “Sheldon and Nancy,” tries – yet again – to tie Brindisi both to disgraced former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and current House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, whom the assemblyman has said he will not support to continue as head of the conference if he is elected to the House in November.

The ad also accuses Brindisi of being a “rubber stamp” for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s agenda, voting for Cuomo’s “agenda” over 90 percent of the time.

Among the issues highlighted here is single payer healthcare, for which the assemblyman voted “yes,” though technically speaking, that NOT a key agenda item for the governor – something that became a flashpoint during his primary battle with actress-turned-activist Cynthia Nixon.

Brindisi has sought to distance himself from the former speaker, releasing an ad of his own last month that highlighted his role in push the speaker to resign when he was hit with federal corruption charges.

That ad came out on the same day the CLF, which is working hard to boost the re-election chances of Brindisi’s opponent, Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney, herself a former assemblywoman, released a different spot, which maintained the assemblyman had actually been Silver’s “go-to guy” in Albany.

Brindisi has also not been afraid to publicly criticize the governor, particularly when he felt Cuomo was ignoring the Mohawk Valley.

The second ad features a Chittenango woman, Sherry Menninger, who says she can’t support Brindisi because she’s concerned he wants to “make everyone eligible for Medicare,” which will raise the national debt and “wreck” the system for everyone.

“In Albany, Anthony Brindisi rubber-stamped Silver’s and Cuomo’s agenda over ninety percent of the time. Brindisi voted for single-payer health care, and a two hundred billion-dollar tax hike. Now Brindisi wants to rubber-stamp Nancy Pelosi’s agenda, supporting a thirty-two-trillion-dollar government takeover of health care, nearly doubling the debt. Anthony Brindisi is a tax-and-spend rubber stamp.”

“(Sherry): “I earned my social security and Medicare benefits, and I want Washington to keep their hands off them. That’s why I can’t support Anthony Brindisi. Brindisi wants to make everyone eligible for Medicare. And that’s a thirty-trillion-dollar budget buster. Brindisi’s plan would end Medicare as we know and explode the national debt, wrecking Medicare for seniors, raising taxes on everyone. Anthony Brindisi doesn’t get my vote.”

Spectrum News/Siena College Poll: Brindisi, Tenney In Virtual Tie

Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney is in a statistical tie with her Democratic opponent Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, according to an exclusive Spectrum News/Siena College poll released on Wednesday night.

The poll found Brindisi leading Tenney 46 percent to 44 percent — well within the poll’s 4.8 percentage point margin of error. Eleven percent of voters are either undecided or have no opinion.

Tenney is running for a second term in a House district that stretches from the Mohawk Valley to the Southern Tier and has proven to be a supportive area for President Donald Trump.

The race is considered one of the top-tier battleground districts in the state, if not the country. The National Republican Congressional Committee this month poured $300,000 into an ad blitz over the next several weeks.

Trump, who held a fundraiser for Tenney in Utica earlier this month, has a 51 percent favorable rating among voters, the poll found. Voters by a margin of 53 percent to 40 percent want Republicans to maintain control of the House of Representatives, including 49 percent of independent voters.

Nevertheless, Brindisi draws support in the race from 24 percent of Republican voters as well as 44 percent of independents.

Tenney’s re-election bid is also complicated by a plurality of voters, 47 percent, holding an unfavorable view of her, including 28 percent of voters in her own Republican Party. Brindisi holds a 44 percent favorable rating in the poll, with 27 percent giving him an unfavorable rating.

Tenney’s immediate predecessor, Republican former Rep. Richard Hanna, is considered a more moderate to liberal figure, endorsing Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and pointedly declining to support Tenney’s bid for his seat.

“Voters are clearly fed up with a Congresswoman who takes corporate special interest money and then votes to take away healthcare and give tax breaks to her donors,” said Brindisi campaign manager Ellen Foster.

“This poll is another sign that the people of this district want a strong independent voice who can stand up to business as usual in Washington. But with more than two months to go, we’re not letting up. We’ll continue to meet with voters to make the case that Anthony Brindisi will always put Upstate New York first.”

The poll of 499 likely voters was conducted from Aug. 20 through Aug. 26.

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NY-22: NRCC To Begin $300K Ad Blitz

The National Republican Congressional Committee will begin next week a $300,000 advertising blitz in the 22nd congressional district, according to a source familiar with the ad buy.

The NRCC is bolstering Rep. Claudia Tenney, a first term GOP lawmaker, who faces a competitive race in against Democratic Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi this November.

The ad purchase is set to include broadcast, cable, radio and digital spending, the source said. The two-week campaign will begin next Tuesday.

Brindisi has outraised Tenney for much of the year and a $300,000 ad purchase can go far in a district with two relatively small media markets, Binghamton and Utica.

President Donald Trump traveled to the district last week to headline a fundraiser for Tenney at a hotel in Utica. Trump handily won the district two years ago.

Tenney, a former member of the Assembly herself, won a three-way race in the district in 2016.

The district stretches from the Mohawk Valley to the Southern Tier.

Brindisi Responds

In the interest of fairness….and not making the previous post overly long, we take this moment to bring you Democratic Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi’s response to the first TV ad of the NY-22 campaign released earlier today by his Republican opponent, Rep. Claudia Tenney.

According to Brindisi, it’s “telling” that Tenney choose, after serving almost two years in Congress, to focus on him and not “her accomplishments” in this first spot.

He also sought to set the record straight regarding his support – or lack thereof – of the current House minority leader.

“I’m not supporting Nancy Pelosi because it’s time for new leadership in Washington,” Brindisi said in the statement. “Tenney’s latest attack is straight out of the divisive Washington playbook that we’ve seen year after year, and voters aren’t going to buy it.”

“This ad is a perfect example of how Tenney’s corporate donors are controlling her campaign. She brags about her vote for the tax plan that caused healthcare premiums to spike for New Yorkers and gives more than 80 percent of the benefits to the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans.”

“If she had actually stopped the ‘bad trade deals’ as her ad claims, her favorite company, Harley-Davidson, wouldn’t have moved their manufacturing overseas.”

Brindisi goes on to insist that his record of “independence is clear,” again noting that he is on the record saying he will not back Pelosi to continue as leader of the Democratic conference if he is elected to the House, and also pointing out that he has publicly warred with his top fellow Democratic elected official, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, over the governor’s “failure to prioritize the Mohawk Valley.

In the assemblyman’s opinion, Tenney’s ad demonstrates that she is the one out of touch with upstaters.

He also points out that he could not possibly have contributed to crashing the economy, as she claims, because he wasn’t elected until 2011, at which point Tenney had already spent quite a few years (albeit in the near-powerless Assembly minority) in Albany.

Tenney Attacks Brindisi, Name Checks Trump In First TV Ad

Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney’s first TV ad of the Ny-22 race is not subtle.

The spot goes right for the political jugular of her Democratic opponent, Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi. It ties him to the polarizing figure of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, (who, by the way, he has said he won’t support to continue in her leadership role if he’s elected to Congress), and also deems him too liberal to represent the upstate district she has held since 2016.

“There’s a clear choice in the race for Congress,” Tenney said. “For months, Anthony Brindisi has dishonestly attempted to portray himself as an independent, and a moderate. It’s time voters learned the truth.”

“Anthony Brindisi is a hardcore liberal who voted for the (Gov. Andrew) Cuomo/(Assembly Speaker Sheldon) Silver agenda 97 percent of the time. In Congress, Brindisi would be a reliable vote for Nancy Pelosi’s extreme agenda.”

Tenney, an outspoken and loyal supporter of President Trump, also doesn’t shy away from that role in this ad, saying she is “fighting for Trump’s agenda” in D.C., despite the fact that Democrats are trying to use that against Republican incumbents in congressional contests across the state.

Tenney, who is known for making controversial statements, has never sought to temper her conservatism, and has consistently run from the right in all her races.

In the 2012 presidential election, the GOP candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, won NY-22 by less than one percentage point, but Trump claimed victory there with a 16-point margin in 2016.

The ad, titled “Fail or Succeed,” is actually a joint effort by Claudia Tenney for Congress – the congresswoman’s campaign committee – and the National Republican Congressional Committee. It will air on broadcast television for the next two weeks in Utica and Binghamton, according to her campaign’s press release.

There was no mention of the size of the buy.

Here’s the script:

“(Announcer): Nancy Pelosi and Anthony Brindisi’s liberal agenda is too extreme for upstate New York. Under Nancy Pelosi, and Anthony Brindisi our economy crashed.

Reckless spending. Devastating unemployment. Higher taxes.

Claudia Tenney is fighting for President Trump’s agenda in Washington. Stopping bad trade deals. Better jobs. Higher wages. A growing economy. Middle class tax cuts.

Claudia Tenney. Standing with President Trump and fighting against Nancy Pelosi and the Washington liberals.

(Claudia Tenney): I’m Claudia Tenney and I approve this message.”

NY-22: Brindisi Reports Large Fundraising Advantage

Democratic congressional candidate Anthony Brindisi’s campaign on Friday announced it had raised more than $340,000 between April and June, opening up a large cash-on-hand advantage against Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney.

Tenney, a Republican freshman seeking a second term in the 22nd congressional district, raised $176,977 during the same time period.

“Rep. Tenney’s fancy fundraisers in Washington that cost $30,000 a ticket are no substitute for the grassroots fundraising powering our campaign in Upstate New York ,” said Ellen Foster, Brindisi’s campaign manager. “We pledged not to take a dime of corporate PAC money, and it’s clear that independence is what the voters of the 22nd district want.”

Brindisi, a member of the state Assembly, has an overall cash advantage, with nearly $1.2 million in the bank compared to $774,603 for Tenney.