New York Republican seeks to win back seat she lost to Democrat in 2018

New York Republican seeks to win back seat she lost to Democrat in 2018
© Greg Nash

Former Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.) is campaigning to take back the House seat she narrowly lost to Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D-N.Y.) in 2018. 

The upstate New York Republican launched her campaign Tuesday, branding herself as a politician who will fight for her community over partisan politics.

“Republicans and Democrats from the Southern Tier to the Mohawk Valley, all across central New York, people get up every day and fight for their families, for their jobs,” Tenney said in the launch video. 

“That’s who I’ll fight for in Congress — Cortland, not K Street, Binghamton not Brooklyn,” she continues.

Tenney was a vocal Trump supporter, but despite Trump winning the upstate district by 15 percentage points in 2016, she was unseated after just one term by Brindisi. 

Brindisi beat Tenney by less than 2 percentage points, flipping the New York district as the Democrats took control of the House. 


Tenney, in a press release announcing her campaign, hit Brindisi over his voting record, claiming he “votes with President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse votes to condemn Chinese government over Hong Kong Former Vice President Walter Mondale dies at age 93 White House readies for Chauvin verdict MORE less often than even Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiWhite House readies for Chauvin verdict House GOP's McClain responds to Pelosi calling her 'that woman' GOP struggles to rein in nativism MORE and Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOvernight Energy: Treasury creates hub to fight climate change through finance | Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez introduce 'Green New Deal for Public Housing' | White House defends 'aspirational' goal of 62,500 refugees Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez introduce 'Green New Deal for Public Housing' MORE – that is not the voting record our district wants or deserves.” 

A spokesperson for Brindisi’s campaign did not immediately respond for comment. 

Brindisi tweeted a Daily News story that reported Tenney’s campaign launched an election announcement video publicly on Vimeo when it meant to send an encrypted file to advisers for feedback. 

“Welp. I guess Elvis was right to reference ‘rushing in.’ But I can’t help.....working hard for you! And I won’t stop,” Brindisi tweeted, along with the Daily News story.