Brindisi and Tenney campaigns exchange political salvoes over Collins indictment issue

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Political salvoes were exchanged Wednesday by campaigns for Democratic Congressional candidate Anthony Brindisi and Republican incumbent Rep. Congresswoman Claudia Tenney following a western New York congressman’s indictment on insider trading charges.

Brindisi campaign manager Ellen Foster called on Tenney to return $3,000 in campaign funding that Tenney had received from the political action committee for U.S. Rep. Chris Collins, R-27, Clarence. He was indicted on charges that he used inside information about a biotechnology company to make illicit stock trades.

Foster said Tenney has “taken thousands from corrupt representatives and Washington insiders....Now it’s been revealed that another corrupt politician has given her money. Tenney should return the $3,000 to send her constituents a message that corruption on both sides of the aisle is wrong.”

In response, Tenney campaign manager Raychel Renna said Collins is entitled to due process. She added that “Brindisi’s sudden concern with corruption is partisan and politically motivated considering that his campaigns have been bankrolled” by persons including “corrupt Governor Cuomo, two-time convicted felon Sheldon Silver” and “liberal Nancy Pelosi” among them.

Collins has denied any wrongdoing.

Brindisi, of Utica, is a state Assemblyman. He is seeking the 22nd Congressional District seat held by Tenney, who was elected to Congress in 2016.

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