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 John TrumpWHCA calls on Trump to denounce video depicting him shooting media outlets Video of fake Trump shooting members of media shown at his Miami resort: report Trump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage MORE less often than even Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden on impeachment: 'I'm the only reason' it's happening Democrats to offer resolution demanding Trump reverse Syria decision Rand Paul calls for probe of Democrats over Ukraine letter MORE and Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezSanders wishes Ocasio-Cortez happy birthday Democrat launches primary challenge to Ocasio-Cortez Ocasio-Cortez fires back at Washington Times after story on her 'high-dollar hairdo' 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.