Published on June 13, 2016 by Michael “Vass” Vasquez at the Binghamton Political Buzz
Prior to the 2 debates for the NY 22nd Congressional District Republican candidates on June 13, 2016, Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney gave an exclusive interview to Binghamton Political Buzz about the race. The exclusive interview, on June 10, 2016, was at the Tenney Campaign Broome County office located at 1115 Upper Front Street in Binghamton, NY.
The interview was the second time Binghamton Political Buzz interviewed the Republican candidate, the first interview being on January 23, 2016. In this second interview, Claudia Tenney addressed the multiple negative campaign ads being pushed by the Grow the Economy SuperPAC and Republican candidate Steve Wells. The ads, described as a “smear campaign” by Tenney, have focused on a singular week of Assembly voting in 2014. The negative ads allege that Assemblywoman Tenney missed some 525 votes the week of June 19th – which is correct to a point. As Tenney states, she did leave to take care of her seriously ill mother on that day, but she also made up the votes via paper ballot afterwards as is allowed by Assembly rules.
Further, Assemblywoman Tenney addressed her full record of votes – another issue the negative ads have attacked her on. Claims by Steve Wells have stated that Tenney had not passed any Bills in her time in elected office; while the SuperPAC has claimed that Tenney has had a significant record voting with disgraced Assemblyman Sheldon Silver. Assemblywoman Tenney asserted that both claims were “false flags” – a term used to indicate that disinformation is being used to sway opinions. She noted that for any Bill to pass the State Assembly, in the past several decades, it required the Speaker to approve. Whether the Bill in question was naming a highway or the State budget, it would always have the Speakers vote if it passed. But, Tenney pointed out that she never voted for a tax increase and was the first to seek the removal of Sheldon Silver when no one in New York politics believed it was possible. We also verified that Assemblywoman Tenney passed 77 Bills and over 770 co-sponsored Bills in her time thus far in office.
Besides addressing the negative ads, Tenney spoke about the current status of the race. She described the advances her campaign has made since our January interview, including endorsement by the Conservative Party of NY [Note – since this interview, Claudia Tenney was endorsed by the NRA as well]. In addition she discussed part of her focus if she is elected to Congress,
“…That’s my Legacy in Albany. I tell the truth, I look at a situation, I try to figure out what the solution is, and I provide the solution. I don’t wait for the wind to blow and figure which way all the politicians are moving… I’m going to do whatever I can to make sure the NY-22 is on the map and growing.”
** Note – Binghamton Political Buzz has again contacted all campaigns for the candidates of the NY 22nd congressional race and offered the chance for an interview. The Tenney campaign was the first, and to-date only campaign, to respond to our request. Any interview will be presented without edit – as is the standard of the Binghamton Political Buzz. We present these interviews for the benefit of voters, to allow them to have more than 30 second soundbites to evaluate all the candidates. **