Rep. Anthony Brindisi voted to begin a formal impeachment inquiry so voters could decide for themselves whether President Donald Trump committed an impeachable offense, Brindisi said Saturday in Cortland.
Brindisi (D-Utica) was in town Saturday at a forum hosted by Indivisible Cortland County at the United Presbyterian Church of Cortland.
It was also a chance for Brindisi, one of the last six Democratic representatives to announce his intention on the impeachment inquiry, to explain his vote. The vote itself, 232-196, was largely along party lines, although two Democrats voted against it and no Re-publicans voted in favor.
“I wish he could have been a little more forthcoming with the truth,” said Cortland resident Erich DeMunn in re-gard to Brindisi’s explanation. “When I asked him about overturning the election, he (Brindisi) said he’s not in charge of the Democratic Party but he’s part of the Democratic Party,” DeMunn said.
DeMunn, who said he liked the work Brindisi was doing, said that he wanted to hear whether Brindisi thought the treatment of Trump was fair with the impeachment process, but didn’t get to due to time constraints.
Brindisi also discussed student loan debt, climate change and clean energy, issues raised among the crowd of about 50. But he stressed bipartisanship.
“I always tell people in this district, ‘I work for you,’” he said. “Whether you voted for me or not, my job is to represent 100% of people in this district regardless of their political beliefs.”
He has been working with Republicans in the bipartisan Congressional Problem Solvers Caucus on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, a successor to the North American Free Trade Agreement.
The agreement supports manufacturing and agriculture, among other areas, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration.
“I think that we have to have a strong two-party system in this country and if we can pass legislation on a bipartisan basis, there’s a greater chance the public will support it as opposed to passing one sided legislation and having the other party try to repeal it when they get in power,” he said.