As newly sworn-in Congress member, Tenney has unique advantage

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Claudia Tenney has won the election for NY’s 22nd Congressional District. I wish her well in D.C., for her success will be our success, although as a Democrat I will work hard to send Anthony Brindisi back in 2022.

Tenney has a unique advantage, entering Congress after 138 Republican congressmen and 7 senators attempted to stop the certification of Biden’s election. Amazingly, this act of sedition occurred immediately after the violent insurrection at the Capitol. She was not forced to choose between support for Trump and support for the Constitution. Likewise, she was not in office when the House voted to impeach Donald Trump for the second time, which would have again forced her to choose between indicting her party’s leader for inciting the insurrection and her personal loyalty to him. Nor was she there to vote to remove Marjorie Taylor Greene from her committee assignments, having to choose again between party loyalty and restraining a wacko congresswoman. All this puts her in a unique position, not tarred by the events in recent weeks, and yet not identified as in opposition to Trumpism.

She could follow the lead of courageous Republican members like Cheney, Katko or Kitzinger, or Republican senators Sasse, Murkowski, and Romney and focus on what had been the core philosophies of the pre-Trump Republican party. Or she could follow the House minority leader as he seeks to stay closely aligned with Trump. Time will tell her choice, but at this point she has options other Republicans don’t.

Our country needs a strong and competent Republican party – committed to truth, conservative values and the Constitution – and not to the whims of one man willing to do or say anything to stay in office.

— Mike Corbett, Rome

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