State Assemblyman Anthony J. Brindisi’s congressional campaign is calling on U.S. Rep. Claudia L. Tenney, R-22, New Hartford, to return a $1,000 campaign donation she received from Congressman Patrick Meehan’s Political Action Committee, Patriots Leading a Majority PAC.
Meehan, R-Pa., has come under political fire in light of revelations that he used taxpayer money to settle a sexual harassment complaint from a former female staffer. Meehan has since announced he will not run for re-election.
Democrats like Brindisi, 101-Utica, have called on Republicans who received campaign donations from Meehan to return the money.
“Congresswoman Tenney must return disgraced Congressman Meehan’s tainted money immediately,” said Brindisi campaign manager Ellen Foster.
The criticism is part of a long history of targeting candidates who have taken money from people subsequently discovered to be part of a scandal.
“Talk is cheap. Claudia Tenney stood up to corrupt House Speaker Sheldon Silver and called for his resignation after it was exposed that Silver used taxpayer dollars to cover up sexual harassment claims against members of the Assembly,” said Raychel Renna, Tenney campaign manager.” Anthony Brindisi voted for Speaker Silver despite the sexual harassment hush money scandal, she claimed.
“We will use those funds to help ensure Anthony Brindisi’s troubling record on sexual harassment is exposed to the public, and New Yorkers are aware Brindisi’s sudden concern about sexual harassment is politically motivated. “
Tenney served in the Assembly for three terms before becoming congresswoman in 2017.