So, Anthony Brindisi, are you game for a rematch? Claudia Tenney has announced her candidacy to take back the Congressional seat she lost to Brindisi in 2018.
“Upstate New York deserves a representative who will fight for their values in Congress, someone who will work to deliver actual results, not resistance,” Tenney said this morning in a release. “Nancy Pelosi, Anthony Brindisi and Democrats in Congress are not interested in governing, they simply want to resist the President’s agenda. Anthony Brindisi’s voting record is clear, he votes with President Trump less often than even Nancy Pelosi and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — that is not the voting record our district wants or deserves.”
“This district has long turned the page on Claudia Tenney, who delivered for late-night TV more than she ever did our hometown,” countered Brindisi campaign spokeswoman Sarah Russell. “Anthony Brindisi is the kind of pragmatic, bipartisan problem-solver the district appreciates and America could use more of. He’ll keep up his fight for middleclass families, but remains at-the-ready for a re-match against a kind of politics voters are, quite frankly, exhausted by.”
However, Tenney’s road to the 2020 campaign has another hurdle. George Phillips, whom she defeated in a 2016 primary, is also campaigning for the Republican nomination, and toured Cortland this summer seeking support.
Tenney was first elected in 2016, riding the Trump campaign popularity. Trump won the district by 15.5 percentage points, Tenney said, but the results were much closer in Cortland County: Trump won by just 5.6 percentage points.
Tenney defeated two candidates that year. She had 120,777 votes to Democrat Kim Meyer’s 103,955 and third-party candidate Martin Babinec’s 32,303.
But the balance shifted two years later. Brindisi won in one of the last races called in the campaign, 127,715 to Tenney’s 123,242 votes, or 50.9% to 49.1%.
In Cortland County, the margin was much wider, 9,246 to 7,378, or 55.6% for Brindisi to Tenney’s 44.4%.
“I am running for Congress because we can no longer sit idly by and watch as Anthony Brindisi and Washington Democrats erase the gains we made with a Republican majority,” Tenney said.
Brindisi most recently made news when he opposed the Trump impeachment investigation last week.
“I think we have allegations and news reports right now, and I’m not going to jump to any conclusion until all the facts come out,” Brindisi told the Associated Press.