Updated: 10/1/19 – 4:22 P.M.
VESTAL, NY (WSKG) – Former New York 22nd District Congresswoman Claudia Tenney is running for that seat again.
The district includes Cortland, Chenango, most of Broome and part of Tioga Counties.
It comes after the New York Daily News reported on Monday that Tenney posted a video launching her 2020 campaign to the online site Vimeo, which was then taken down.
The Republican served one term in Congress and lost her re-election campaign last year to Democrat Anthony Brindisi. That election came down to absentee ballots and the two were separated by about 4,000 votes.
In her announcement, Tenney tied herself to President Trump. “I am running for Congress because we can no longer sit idly by and watch as Anthony Brindisi and Washington Democrats erase the gains we made with a Republican majority,” she said.
Brindisi responded to the announcement on his campaign’s Twitter account. “Welp. I guess Elvis was right to reference ‘rushing in,'” said Brindisi, while posting the Daily News report about Tenney video announcement. “But I can’t help…..working hard for you! And I won’t stop.”
But, in an appearance with Albany public radio station, WAMC, Brindisi was more reserved. “Well look, whoever the nominee is on the Republican side, we’re going to take very seriously,” he said. “And I believe I have an obligation, in the meantime, up until the election, to work on the issues that people care most about.”*
Other Republicans challenging for the seat are Broome County District Attorney Steve Cornwell and educators Franklin Sager and George Phillips. In separate statements, campaign representatives for both Phillips and Cornwell criticized Tenney for losing the 2018 election when President Trump did so well in the district in 2016.**
*Updated to includes comments from Anthony Brindisi on WAMC.
**Updated to include statement from Steve Cornwell’s campaign.