Tenney: Trump Right To Condemn ‘Both Sides’

Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney on Wednesday told reporters she backed President Trump’s comments condemning racism and violence on “both sides” of violent clashes in Virginia.

Tenney, elected last year to the 22nd congressional district, said she did not see Trump’s press conference on Tuesday in which he criticized counter demonstrators as the “alt left” and suggested some of the protesters who opposed the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee were peaceful and quiet.

“I didn’t see the president’s press conference yesterday,” Tenney said. “I think what the president did in condemning racism, condemning this white supremacy, condemning any kind of identity politics that are going on and this violence that is occurring on both sides, I think it’s the right thing to do.”

Tenney pointed to her trip to Israel and her meeting a Holocaust survivor, which she said reinforced the notion of pushing for peace.

“We need to continue to be advocates,” she said. “We can’t be bystanders. We have to stand up against this type of unfortunate situation that’s happening with humanity.”

Democratic Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, a candidate to challenge Tenney next year, blasted Trump’s Tuesday news conference, citing the action of white supremacist leaders.

“He was giving them cover for their despicable behavior that was displayed this weekend in Virginia,” he said. “There’s no place for it in this country in 2017. There’s no place for this and we certainly can’t turn a blind eye to the hatred that we’re seeing in Charlottesville.”

NY-22: Tenney Raises $300K In Q2

Rep. Claudia Tenney’s re-election campaign on Friday announced she had raised $300,000 in the second quarter filing period.

All told this year Tenney has raised $600,000 in the first six months of 2017. She has a cash-on-hand total of $437,000.

Tenney was elected to the 22nd congressional district last year, replacing Rep. Richard Hanna. The district stretches from central New York to the Mohawk Valley and Southern Tier.

“I would like to thank everyone who stood with me and generously supported our campaign,” Tenney said. “The small dollar grassroots contributions always mean the most. In all my campaigns, for State Assembly, and for Congress, we’ve been outspent, but we’ve always had good, hardworking people on our side who are tired of politics as usual in New York, and Washington. Having their support, and the opportunity to fight for them is such an honor.”

Democratic Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi has announced he will challenge Tenney for a second term next year.

NY-22: Tenney Takes Pre-Emptive Swipe At Brindisi

Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi will launch his campaign for the House seat held by freshman Rep. Claudia Tenney with an event planned for Utica on Wednesday.

But Tenney is wasting little time to define her potential general election opponent for what could be a hotly contest congressional district next year.

“Frankly, I am excited that Anthony Brindisi has chosen to run for Congress because voters will have a very clear choice,” she said in a statement.

“I have spent years fighting for small business owners, family farms, hardworking families and the neediest among us against the corrupt, rigged system that has allowed Albany politicians and their cronies to literally steal from upstate New Yorkers while destroying our economy. I continue fighting that rigged system and those policies each day that I have the honor of representing upstate New York in Congress.”

She called Brindisi a “slick politician” who “pretends to be a moderate.”

“Brindisi has worked hand-in-hand with Andrew Cuomo to make New York the highest taxed state in the nation, driving our residents and jobs out in record numbers,” she said. “Brindisi has advocated for and voted for Cuomo’s corrupt, self-serving initiatives like Start-Up NY, the corrupt and tragic Oneida Deal and the Buffalo Billion. After endorsing Hillary Clinton for President it is clear Brindisi will be nothing more than a rubber stamp for Nancy Pelosi’s extreme left-wing agenda in Congress.”

Tenney served in a neighboring Assembly district to Brindisi’s central New York district, winning a three-way race last year for the seat vacated by outgoing Rep. Richard Hanna.

Tenney: Ryan And Trump Can Work Together

Rep.-elect Claudia Tenney plans to support House Speaker Paul Ryan’s re-election and she believes the Wisconsin Republican can working with incoming president Donald Trump.

“Paul Ryan’s got a tough job ahead of him, but I think he’s going to be able to do that,” she said in a Capital Tonight interview on Wednesday.

Tenney won a three-person field in the 22nd congressional district to succeed retiring Rep. Richard Hanna in the central New York House seat.

Though Ryan and Trump had differed publicly during the campaign, Tenney said much of that was overblown by the media.

“I think the media with all due respect is so obsessed with how people get along,” she said.

As for Trump’s election, an upset victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton, Tenney acknowledged she was surprised.

“I didn’t really think he would pull this off, quite honestly. I know he was doing well in my district, but I didn’t think he could pull it off in the swing states,” she said. “I was surprised, but I think the win much like my win, means the people have a voice over the noise. They saw through the fog.”

And she expects him to be successful as president, too.

“Donald Trump is not perfect, but I think it’s going to be change in Washington,” she said. “I think my election shows big change.”

NY-22: Boehlert Robocalls For Babinec

Former Rep. Sherwood Boehlert has released a robocall backing independent congressional candidate Martin Babinec in the 22nd district.

In the call, Boehlert calls Babinec “an independent reformer” who “can get things done in Congress” if elected.

Babinec is among three people vying for the seat being vacated by Republican Rep. Richard Hanna, facing Democrat Kim Myers and Republican Claudia Tenney.

Boehlert, a Republican member of Congress who retired in 2007, recently attended a reception for Babinec along with local Republican leaders.

“Sherry Boehlert represented Upstate New York and the Mohawk Valley with independence and integrity, in Congress I would follow his example,” said Babinec. “I’m proud to have the support of Congressman Boehlert and thank him for his efforts on behalf of our campaign.”

NY-22: TWC News/Siena Poll Shows Tenney Leading 3-Person Field

Republican congressional candidate Claudia Tenney holds a 4-percentage point lead over Democrat Kim Myers in the 22nd House district in central New York, a Time Warner Cable News/Siena College poll found.

The poll found Tenney receiving 38 percent of the vote compared to Myers’s 34 percent. The poll has a margin of error of 4.2 percentage points.

Independent candidate Martin Babinec, meanwhile, has faded from Tenney and Myers. In September, the TWC News/Siena poll found Babinec polling at 24 percentage points. He’s now down to receiving support from 16 percent of voters in the race.

Both Myers and Tenney, meanwhile, made modest overall gains with voters: Myers last month polled at 30 percent, while Tenney drew 35 percent.

The poll of 643 likely voters was conducted on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2, several days after the FBI announced it had renewed its investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server following the discovery of emails during an unrelated investigation of former Rep. Anthony Weiner and his alleged explicit text messaging with a minor.

On the presidential level, Clinton continues to trail Republican Donald Trump in the 22nd district, with Trump drawing 46 percent of the vote and Clinton drawing 32 percent — virtually unchanged since September. Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green candidate Jill Stein both draw 5 percent and 3 percent respectively.

Babinec has pledged to caucus with House Republicans if elected and a majority of the voters polled in the district want the GOP to retain control of the House of Representatives. And Babinec’s support from conservative-leaning voters has held: 61 percent of Babinec voters plan to vote for Trump.

“Babinec is appealing to a certain swath of Republicans and it happens to be those Republicans who do not like the Republican candidate, Claudia Tenney,” said Siena College pollster Steve Greenberg.

Nevertheless, some of Tenney’s biggest gains came from her fellow Republicans. In September, she polled 50 percent with GOP voters and now draws 59 percent of support.

Myers, too, increased support from her own party by 10 percentage points from last month, from 54 percent to 64 percent.

Though Babinec’s numbers have dropped, the independently wealthy businessman still draws 22 percent of support from independent voters and 18 percent from enrolled Republicans.

More than half of voters polled — 52 percent — say they have made up their mind as to who they will vote for in the battleground district.

The poll comes as all three candidates for vying for the open House seat that’s being vacated by Republican Rep. Richard Hanna, a moderate lawmaker who has not endorsed in the race.

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NY-22: Babinec Says He’ll Donate Congressional Salary To Charity

Martin Babinec, the independent running in the 22nd congressional district, says he would donated the $174,000 salary if elected to the House of Representatives.

“John F. Kennedy would be rolling in his grave if he knew that today we have members of Congress who have flipped his famous axiom and are more focused on what America can do for them – as opposed to what they can do for America,” Babinec said. “These are hard times for many throughout the 22nd Congressional District and I believe it is important to reclaim a tradition of service.”

The donation pledge is inspired, in part, by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s vow to turn down the $400,000 salary if elected.

Babinec’s salary would be donated to charities in areas such as education, arts, local community organizations and human development.

Babinec is in a three-person race for the central New York House district, facing Republican Claudia Tenney and Democrat Kim Myers.

Incumbent Richard Hanna, a Republican, is retiring.

NY-22: Local GOP Figures Hold Reception For Babinec

Congressional candidate Martin Babinec is running an independent bid for Congress, but he’s also garnering support from Republican figures in the 22nd congressional district.

Babinec today is holding a reception with a variety of current and former elected Republican officials, including former Rep. Sherwood Boehlert, Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente and George Joseph, the Oneida County Legislature’s majority leader.

The reception is being held at the Ocean Blue Restaurant and Oyster Bar in Utica.

That local support comes as Babinec faces Republican Assemblywoman Claudia Teneny, who has the backing of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Babinec has asserted his independence in the race, but says he will caucus with House Republicans if elected.

Along with Democrat Kim Myers, the three candidates are vying to replace Rep. Richard Hanna, who is retiring from the central New York House seat.

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NY-22: U.S. Chamber Endorses Babinec

Independent candidate Martin Babinec, who has touted himself as a “single issue” candidate focused on job creation, was endorsed Tuesday by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

“Voters in the 22nd Congressional District have the choice between three candidates, two of which are running on alleged business acumen matched with extreme views. Martin Babinec, on the other hand, offers voters a third option as an independent reformer with a strong background of creating jobs. The U.S. Chamber is proud to stand with the local business community to endorse Martin Babinec,” Eileen Braden, Vice President, Political Affairs and Federation Relations, U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Babinec is running in a three-person race for the 22nd congressional district in central New York, facing Republican Claudia Tenney and Democrat Kim Myers for the seat being vacated by Rep. Richard Hanna.

“We can reverse the 30 year decline of the upstate economy and keep our families together, but it is going to take a fresh approach and new ideas that focus on investing in our communities,” Babinec said. “I deeply appreciate the Chamber’s trust and confidence in my ability to be a partner in Washington for a stronger and more competitive business climate.”

Babinec has said he will caucus with House Republicans if elected to Congress.

NY-22: TWC News To Host 3-Way Debate

Time Warner Cable News next week will host an hour-long debate for the 22nd congressional district.

The debate, to be held at Colgate University, will be held on Oct. 20 and begin at 9 p.m.

The debate will include Republican Claudia Tenney, Democrat Kim Myers and independent candidate Martin Babinec.

The forum will air on TWC News in Binghamton, Syracuse and the Watertown area on channel 200.

The district is an opens seat that’s being vacated by Republican Rep. Richard Hanna.

Colgate will provide up to 200 tickets available to the public.