NY-22: Hanna Won’t Endorse Tenney

Retiring GOP Rep. Richard Hanna is declining to endorse the Republican who wants to replace him in the 22nd congressional district.

Hanna told reporters on Wednesday he is yet to make an official endorsement in the three-way race, but it won’t be for Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, the Republican state lawmaker who challenged him unsuccessfully in a primary two years ago.

“Certainly, I’m not going to endorse Claudia Tenney,” said Hanna. “The jobs she’s had and the offices she’s run for isn’t a positive [campaign] that I can associate myself with,” said Hanna.

Hanna has been criticized by conservatives, including Tenney, for the moderate streak he has displayed in office, culminating with his endorsement of Hillary Clinton’s bid for the presidency over Republican Donald Trump.

Tenney told TWC News that Hanna is “yesterday’s news.”

Tenney says Hanna’s decision doesn’t come as a surprise.

“I think if he really cares so much about this race, why doesn’t he run himself? Why did he back out?” she said.

Tenney is in a three-way race for the district, facing Democrat Kim Myers and independent Martin Babinec, the latter of whom has said he would align with House Republicans if elected.

A TWC News-Siena College poll last week found Tenney in a tight race, but leading both opponents with 35 percent of the vote.

As for Hanna’s endorsement, he said it’s still under consideration.

“I think people need to look at the individual candidates, figure out what’s important to them and decide,” said Hanna.

NY-22: Associated Builders And Contractors Back Tenney

The Empire State Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors endorsed Republican Claudia Tenney’s campaign for the 22nd congressional district in central New York.

Tenney, a member of the state Assembly, is in a three-way race for the seat that’s being vacated by Rep. Richard Hanna, a Republican. She faces Democrat Kim Myers and independent candidate Martin Babinec.

In astatement, the trade group pointed to Tenney’s support for lower taxes and policies that would make New York’s business climate more competitive.

“Claudia Tenney has proven herself to be a fighter for taxpayers, small business and free enterprise during her time in the New York State Assembly,” said ABC President Brian Sampson. “Her calls for transparency and fairness in government are ones that we agree wholeheartedly with. As the first person to call for Sheldon Silver’s resignation, we can count on her to stand up to corruption and make decisions based on what is in the best interest of her constituents.”

NRCC Triple Threat: Ads In NY-19, NY-22 and NY-24

The NRCC today unleashed a trio of ads in three hotly contested congressional districts – NY-19, NY-22, and NY-24 – slamming the Democratic (and in one case, independent) contenders in hopes of bolstering the chances of the GOP contenders as the general election draws closer.

The NY-22 and NY-24 spots are similar, in so much as they cast the non-Republican candidates (remember, there’s an independent – Martin Babinec – and a Democrat – Kim Myers – running in NY-22) as too close to Democrats both here in New York and down in D.C.

The NY-24 spot again uses a clip from Democrat Colleen Deacon’s Capital Tonight interview this past spring, when she couldn’t come up with any policy issue on which she might break from the current House minority leader, Nancy Pelosi, even though the district is closely divided and voters there have demonstrated time and again that they prefer independent thinkers.

Yesterday, an exclusive TWC News/Siena poll found freshman Republican Rep. John Katko with a comfortable double-digit lead over Deacon.

The NY-22 spot is something of a twofer, accusing both Babinec and Myers as being too closely aligned – either politically or ideologically – with the Democrats.

The NY-19 ad takes a different approach, criticizing Democrat Zephyr Teachout for supporting the controversial Iran deal negotiated by the Obama administration, accusing her of being in “denial” over the potential national security threat that the country poses to the U.S.

According to a recent TWC News/Siena poll, Teachout and her Republican opponent, former Assemblyman John Faso, are running neck-and-neck for the seat being vacated by Republican Rep. Chris Gibson.

Here are the ads, which were released this morning and are all currently airing in their respective markets.

This comes as NRCC Chairman Greg Walden is due to make a stop in NY-22 tomorrow to support the Republican candidate there, Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney. Walden would like to keep the seat, which is being vacated by Rep. Richard Hanna, a moderate Republican, in GOP hands.

NY-22: Babinec’s Education Platform Would End Common Core

Congressional candidate Martin Babinec on Tuesday released an eight-point education platform that includes ending the controversial Common Core education standards.

Babinec, running as an independent in a three-way general election race for the 22nd congressional district, also wants to ensure educational focuses on trade and digital sectors, strengthen funding for Title I, expand educational opportunities for rural students and expand basic research on education.

“In Congress, I will work in a bipartisan manner with all who seek to improve our system and focus on the real needs of our children and the realities of the communities they live in,” Babinec said in a statement.

New York state officials are moving toward an alternative to the Common Core standards, which have com under fire from parents and teachers in part due to an over reliance on testing in the classroom.

Several states have sought to pull out of the Common Core standards, which are developed on the state level but have been identified with an overall push by the federal government to enhance standards in the classroom.

“Top down, one size fits all policies from the federal government have done enough damage, and also get in the way of our own local innovations like advancing high impact opportunities such as digital curriculum and preparation for career paths not requiring college,” Babinec said.

Babinec is running for the congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Richard Hanna in race that includes Republican Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney and Democrat Kim Myers. The district includes central New York and the Southern Tier regions of the state.

NY-22: EMILY’s List Endorses Myers

A group that supports pro-choice Democratic candidates on Monday endorsed Kim Myers for the 22nd congressional district.

Myers received the nod from EMILY’s List, which cites her work on the Broom County Legislature, the school board in Vestal and as a small business owner.

“Kim Myers has spent her life working for women and families in Broome County,” said Stephanie Schriock, the president of EMILY’s List.

“Kim’s 18 years serving on the Vestal school board and her experience as a small business owner demonstrate her commitment to her community. She understands the importance of ending gender discrimination in pay, investing in highway and rail projects for economic development in rural areas, and protecting women’s access to health care. The EMILY’s List community is proud to support her historic bid for Congress as the first woman to represent this vital swing district.”

Myers is running for an open House seat that stretches from the Mohawk Valley to the Southern Tier that is being vacated by Republican Rep. Richard Hanna.

Myers faces Republican Claudia Tenney and independent candidate Martin Babinec.

NY-22: Tenney Endorsed By NFIB

Republican congressional candidate Claudia Tenney on Monday was endorsed by the National Federation of Independent Business in her bid for the 22nd House district in central New York.

“As the owner of a small manufacturing facility that employs nearly 70 people in the 22nd district, it is an honor to be endorsed by NFIB— the leading advocate for small business owners across the country,” Tenney said.

Tenney, a member of the Assembly, is running in a three-way race to succeed retiring Rep. Richard Hanna, a Republican. She faces Democrat Kim Myers and independent candidate Martin Babinec.

But she is also a small business owner herself, having run the Mid-York Press, a pharmaceutical packaging firm founded by her grandfather in 1946.

“While running my family’s business, I experienced firsthand the hardships that failed liberal policies have created for our communities,” Tenney said. “I first sought election to the Assembly in 2010 on a pro-small business platform calling for smaller government, lower taxes and less regulation.”

“Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney is a small business owner and NFIB member who knows what Congress needs to do to grow the economy and create jobs,” said NFIB National Political Director Sharon Sussin. “In the U.S. House, she would fight against excessive regulations and high taxes. Her fellow small business owners need her voice and expertise in Washington.”

Hanna: Rejecting Trump ‘The Right Thing To Do’

Rep. Richard Hanna said his decision to cross party lines and become the first Republican House member to announce he will vote for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump “wasn’t fun,” but was “easy” and the “right thing to do.”

The NY-22 Republican, who hails from the Utica area and is not seeking re-election this fall, called on his fellow Republicans to join him in rejecting the party’s presidential nominee, whom he called “unqualified and a danger to this country.”

“You see it daily,” Hanna said today during an interview with TWC News. “It’s not just what he did last week or the week before that, it’s a constant stream of events and attitudes and ideas that he has, and his demeanor, and the way that he controls or doesn’t control himself that tells me that he’s completely unfit.”

“So, the question becomes well what do you do about that? Well, we have choices. And I think that anybody who sits out this election is making a mistake.”

“If you care about the future, it’s clear to me that Trump should not be supported,” the congressman continued. “He doesn’t represent much other than his own personal interest. He seems to be extremely narcissistic and the list is endless. I think this is a time for people to reflect and be a good American. You don’t have to be a good party member to be a good American. Being a good American is the most important thing all the time, but particularly right now.”

Hanna said he has been “pretty beat up” since announcing his intention to vote for Clinton yesterday in an OpEd he penned for the Syracuse Post-Standard, but insisted he’s “OK with that.”

The congressman, who is one of the few remaining moderate Republicans in the New York delegation, (the other, Rep. Chris Gibson, is retiring at the end of this year, too), said that voting for Trump would be a “huge, monumental mistake.” Asked what he likes about Clinton, Hanna replied:

“She has experience, and she certainly knows the issues, which is clear. If you looked at her resume, you know, some of the things that Trump has said about Russia and Crimea is just completely off the wall. That’s not what we need. So experience does matter. And I also agree with her on a few issues that are personal to me: LGBT rights, women’s health care, the environment. Those things are important. And

“I think that sure it’s easy to find complaints. A lot of people have, and I don’t dismiss that. But again, we have to make a choice, and I do not want to have this job and not have stood up for what I believe when I had an opportunity to do it…I think the man has given enough people enough reason to reject him and I think more people should do it publicly.”

Hanna was challenged in the last election cycle by Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, an outspoken conservative and Trump supporter, who came within six percentage points of ousting him despite the fact that she launched her campaign late and was considerably underfunded.

Tenney announced her intention to challenge Hanna again this year – before the congressman opted not to seek re-election. She won a three-way primary for the GOP line, and will face off in the November general election against Democrat Kim Myers, the daughter of the founder of Dick’s Clothing and Sporting Goods and a Broome County legislator from Vestal.

NY-22: Babinec Files Petitions For Ballot Line

Martin Babinec, a businessman who is launching an independent bid for a central New York congressional seat, has filed more than 10,000 signatures with the Board of Elections in order to form the Upstate Jobs Party ballot line, his campaign on Monday announced.

“We’ve experienced a groundswell of support from voters across the district who are tired of the same old phony promises from both parties about creating jobs – they want a real plan and real action,” said Babinec in a statement.

To gain access to the ballot with a newly formed line, Babinec’s campaign needed to submit 3,500 signatures from a registered voter who has previously not signed a petition for a congressional candidate. All told, Babinec’s campaign submitted nearly three times that amount, 10,122.

Republican Claudia Tenney and Democrat Kim Myers are also vying for the seat that is being vacated by Republican Rep. Richard Hanna this year.

Babinec’s campaign, meanwhile, is trying to stake out an independent streak in the congressional race.

“The system is rigged against outsiders like me who seek to make a difference. From the arcane rules, to the steep ballot requirements and a quasi-professional underfunded electoral machinery controlled by the two-parties, for the two parties – it is nearly impossible for concerned citizens to run for office, said Babinec.

NY-22: Babinec Says He Has Enough Signatures For Ballot

Martin Babinec, a businessman running as an independent for the open 22nd congressional district in central New York, announced on Tuesday he had collected the required number of signatures to gain access for his Upstate Jobs Party this November.

Babinec is running for the district being vacated by Rep. Richard Hanna, a moderate Republican first elected in 2010, who leaves office this year.

His presence is an added factor in the race that includes the two major party candidates, Democrat Kim Myers and Republican Claudia Tenney.

“The Upstate Jobs Party has been met with incredible enthusiasm from voters of all walks of life throughout the district and I’m proud to announce we have already surpassed the signature threshold necessary – but we need more,” Babinec said in a statement.

State election law requires a minimum of 3,500 signatures from any registered voter within the congressional district hasn’t already signed a petition in order to qualify for the ballot.

The general rule of thumb is to file more than twice that number in order to withstand any legal challenges to the signatures.

“By signing our petition, voters are sending a strong message to the career politicians and the special interests who want to keep a rigged system in place that the days of broken promises and taxpayer giveaways are coming to an end,” Babinec said.

NY-22: American Conservative Union Endorses Phillips

The American Conservative Union on Tuesday endorsed Republican George Phillips’s bid in the 22nd congressional district in central New York.

Phillips is vying for the Republican nomination in the 22nd against GOP Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, who is making a second run for the district being vacated by Rep. Richard Hanna.

“George Phillips has a long history of standing up for what is right and has worked for conservative values with the Jack Kemp Foundation, pro-life crusader Chris Smith, and President George W. Bush. George Phillips will be a needed voice in Congress and we support him enthusiastically,” said ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp. “I’m proud to call George a friend and I urge all conservatives to vote for him in the Republican primary on June 28th.”

Tenney herself has sought to court the conservative vote in the primary, touting her record in the Assembly as a conservative member of the GOP conference in the chamber.

Hanna, who retires this year rather than seek a third term, is considered one of the more liberal to moderate members of the House GOP conference.