Brindisi on Politico watch list in race for 22nd District seat

Published Jan 3, 2018 at 4:00pm

Politico began the new year by declaring Anthony J. Brindisi a “must watch candidate” in 2018.

The Democratic assemblyman from Utica wants to run for Republican Congresswoman Claudia L. Tenney’s seat in the 22nd District this fall.

The political journalism company on Monday included the assemblyman on its list of “10 candidates you should be watching in 2018 races for House, Senate and governor.”

“Nice surprise being named to @politico 10 must-watch candidates of 2018,” responded Brindisi in a tweet. “The momentum is building to take back #NY22! See you on the campaign trail.”

“Anthony Brindisi is an old-style Democratic challenger: a moderate who occasionally criticizes party leaders like Gov. Andrew Cuomo and has received an ‘A’ rating from the National Rifle Association,” said Politico in its comments on the assemblyman.

“After recruiting him for years, Democrats finally landed the assemblyman as a challenger to GOP Rep. Claudia Tenney in her upstate New York district,” it added.

“Brindisi could be a test case for how Democratic activists, electrified by [President Donald] Trump, react to a centrist Democrat running in a moderate district.”

With the election nine months away, no other Democrats are running in the congressional district, according to Politico. Brindisi began his campaign for Congress in June.

He has blasted Tenney for supporting the GOP tax bill. “The measure doesn’t poll well in New York, a high-tax state that could be hit hard by deduction losses,” said Politico.

In her first term, Tenney is expected to seek re-election. She has criticized Brindisi for being “recruited to run for Congress by Governor Cuomo and [House Minority Leader] Nancy Pelosi because he will rubber stamp Pelosi’s agenda in Congress just like he rubber stamped Cuomo’s agenda in Albany.”

Republicans hold a registration advantage in the 22nd District.