Congresswoman Claudia L.Tenney’s bid for a second term has the support of the Oneida County Republican Committee.
The GOP panel is the first one in the sprawling district that comprises all or parts of eight counties to endorse Tenney. Unlike two years ago, the New Hartford resident is the only announced GOP candidate.
“I am honored to be endorsed by the Oneida County Republican Committee,” said Tenney in a statement on Wednesday following the committee’s endorsement. “Thank you to the hardworking committee members who are dedicated to promoting our founding principles of freedom and individual rights throughout the community.
“It is a privilege to advocate for the community I have called home my entire life and I look forward to continuing to represent Oneida County and all of NY-22 in Congress.”
The Oneida County GOP did not support Tenney initially in her successful run for Congress in 2016. She won a three-way primary to get the party’s endorsement. Tenney went on to win the general election, besting a field of three hopefuls. In Wednesday’s statement, she said she was able to win two years ago “without the support of the political establishment and after being outspent by millions of dollars.”
Tenney was first elected in 2016. Her district covers a large swath of central New York including the cities of Binghamton, Utica and Rome. By enrollment, this district favors Republicans over Democrats. Oneida County has the most registered voters of any county in the 22nd District.
Democratic Assemblyman Anthony J. Brindisi, is also running for the seat.