Tenney, Brindisi camps work on scheduling debates

Published Aug 17, 2018 at 4:00pm

U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney has agreed to three debates with Anthony Brindisi, who is challenging her in the November election for the 22nd Congressional District, her campaign office announced Wednesday.

However, Brindisi campaign manager Ellen Foster said details still are being worked out for debates. Brindisi, of Utica, currently is a state Assemblyman.

The campaign office for Tenney, R-22, New Hartford, said dates for debates will be announced at a later time. Her campaign manager, Raychel Renna, said one debate will be sponsored by the League of Women Voters Broome and Tioga Counties; another by Americans for Restoring the Constitution; and another by Spectrum News.

“If Albany politician Anthony Brindisi agrees to these debates, he will have a chance to explain why he stands with corrupt Gov. Andrew Cuomo, felon Sheldon Silver and liberal extremist Nancy Pelosi, along with his support for Medicare for All, and free healthcare and education benefits for illegal immigrants,” said Renna. 

“Claudia Tenney will discuss how she’s working with President Trump to lower middle class taxes, create jobs and make the future bright again in the Mohawk Valley and Southern Tier. Claudia looks forward to these and potentially additional televised debates,” Renna said.

When asked to respond, Brindisi campaign manager Ellen Foster said “on the same day Assemblyman Brindisi demanded Claudia Tenney stop a new federal tax cut for the mega-rich, her team sent out a press release ‘confirming’ details of future debates.

“But those details are still being worked out because as luck would have it, one of the suggested debate hosts has strong ties to one of her ardent supporters,” Foster added. “We don’t think that’s fair, and we look forward to fixing this issue with her team and reporting back ASAP.”

Regarding the Tenney campaign’s reference to Brindisi’s support of Medicare for All, Brindisi’s campaign office said in July that Brindisi is on record as not supporting Medicare for All. The office said a Brindisi quote on the topic had been taken out of context, and referred to an article at realclearpolitics.com that said an earlier version of the article had conflated Democrats’ healthcare plans regarding single-payer and universal coverage.