In an election year it’s not unusual to see elected officials traveling to support candidates of their own Party in locations outside of their home. What is unusual is to see that in election years, when the politician in question is seeking re-election themselves. But NY-27 Representative Chris Collins is not exactly the norm, as his speech at the 2008 Republican National Convention exemplified (he was the only County Executive in the nation to speak at the event), and the NY-22 congressional race is a competitive race that caught national attention back in 2015.
Rep. Collins was the guest speaker at the annual Broome County Republican Dinner, held at the Holiday Inn in downtown Binghamton. The event drew a large cross-section of the local Republican Party. Almost as many current and former elected officials were in attendance as well as small business owners and rank-and-file members. Binghamton Mayor Rich David, City Councilmembers Chris Pappistrat and Giovanni Scaringi, Broome Chairman Bijoy Datta, former-Mayor Richard Bucci, Sheriff David Harder, and DA Steve Cornwell were joined by Tioga County Republican Chairman Don Leonard to note just a small list of public figures. Republican candidate for NY-22 Claudia Tenney was surrounded by attention, partially because of the endorsement by Rep. Collins today.
In an exclusive interview at the podcast of M V Consulting, NO Soundbites Allowed, Rep. Collins shared his why he added believes the NY-22 race is important, his support to Claudia Tenney, and his thoughts about the post-election Congress. In reference to the race, he said in part,
“So for NY-22 to have their best representation, while people may not like to hear how politics plays out they need a Republican who sits in the majority. Who’s in the room when decisions are being made. Who can step forward, if there is anything relative to the NY-22, that’s of a concern and have the ear of the Speaker of the House, the Majority Leader and all the Committee Chairmen.”
In reference to Claudia Tenney, during the press conference before the Republican dinner, Rep. Collins made the case of why he gave his support to Claudia Tenney.
“I’m very happy to be supporting Claudia who has shown the leadership in Albany, conservative values that really is the core of America today. Putting America first and making sure our kids have the America they deserve, to live the American dream. Which means fiscal conservatives, smaller government, making sure people are ware its personal responsibility that matters. The kind of values that Claudia has shown, and demonstrated in Albany.”
On the subject of jobs, Rep. Collins stated his concern for the economy and small business. Echoing the thoughts from Tenney in the press conference, Rep. Collins noted,
“…[Claudia Tenny] Actually knows what its like to invest in a business. The need for fundamental tax reform in the country. The highest taxed nation in the world, and every dollar that’s wasted in Wasington [D.C.] is a dollar that is not invested by small businesses to create jobs and we are, small business, the jobs creators across America.”
Of course, discussion of the presidential election could not be missed. Other members of the news media took the opportunity to ask Rep. Collins and Tenney about Donald Trump. In fact of the 6 questions asked during the press conference, only 2 were on the subject of Claudia Tenney, the NY-22 race, or the national need for jobs. But when the issue of jobs, and specifically the differences in job plans from her opponents, was brought up, Claudia Tenney responded to us declaring,
“My opponents, both of them, are what I would call croynisists. They are people that care about taking millions, hundreds of millions, in taxpayer money much like Hillary Clinton and our own [Governor] Andrew Cuomo in New York, have done. Try to lure big businesses in exchange for favors from politicians, they really aren’t creating any jobs as we know in New York… My jobs plan is different, as I indicated before it’s about small businesses. It’s about reducing taxes. Reducing regulations, renegotiating trade deals so that we are selling our products overseas and we’re reversing the trade imbalance…”
After Rep. Collins and Claudia Tenney had spoken to the press, Broome County Republican Chairman Bijoy Datta spoke. He also addressed media questions on Donald Trump and the 2016 election. His answer to the repeated questions inferring negative reactions to Donald Trump, Chairman Datta clarified,
“In the end I think it boils down to to basic issues. Republicans stand for less taxes, smaller government, and getting Government out of the way so jobs can be created by the private sector.That’s the message we’re trying to deliver, and that’s the message we hope voters hear.”