Ivanka Trump visit prompts exchange of barbs between Brindisi, Tenney

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Today’s scheduled Central New York visit by presidential adviser Ivanka Trump, including an event with U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney, prompted an exchange of comments by Congressional election campaigns for challenger Anthony Brindisi and for Tenney.

Trump, who is President Donald Trump’s daughter, was to be at Suit-Kote Corporation in Tully this morning for a tour and roundtable, accompanied by Tenney, R-22, New Hartford.

The campaign for Brindisi, a Democrat who is challenging Tenney in the November election, said in a statement today that Ivanka Trump’s “signature issue in Washington, D.C. has been expanding paid family and medical leave across the nation....” Brindisi, a state Assemblyman from Utica, said he was “proud to vote for New York’s paid family leave plan, and disappointed when Claudia Tenney voted against it.” Tenney is a former state Assembly member.

Tenney “is again out of step with the needs of middle-class families in Upstate New York,” said Brindisi. “Instead of a private taxpayer-funded campaign event, perhaps Ivanka can educate Claudia Tenney on the importance of Paid Family Leave....”

In response, Tenney campaign manager Raychel Renna said “as a single mom who raised her son while taking care of her aging parents and keeping the doors of her small business open, Claudia Tenney knows as well as anyone the struggles of working parents. For her, it’s personal....”

Renna added “that’s why she voted for tax reform for middle-income families that doubled the child tax credit and cut regulations hurting small business owners.” Renna also said that Brindisi “has repeatedly rubber-stamped” Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “reckless policies that have driven more than a million families out of New York state since 2010.”

Tenney voted in favor of the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, whose measures included a new general business credit for employers that pay employee wages during time away from work under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

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