Assemblyman Brindisi Considers Run for Congress

A Utica-area Assemblyman has his eyes on the 22nd Congressional District.

Anthony Brindisi currently represents the Mohawk Valley, but this weekend, he was in the Southern Tier with his colleague Donna Lupardo celebrating St. Anthony's Festival.

Brindisi says he is considering challenging Representative Claudia Tenney for the 22nd Congressional District seat next year.

Spectrum News asked his thoughts on Tenney's time in Congress so far.

"I think every representative and every member of Congress is different. I know from my own experience, I always try to be very accessible to people. I think doing town halls is an important thing,' Brindisi said.

Tenney said she's had a good relationship with Brindisi through her work in Congress, and surprisingly, didn't shy away from the competition. 

"I think Anthony versus me, makes an excellent contrast for voters. I think he has an uphill battle challenge in this district which is almost 60 percent of this district voted for Donald Trump. I hope he finds a more moderate road if he's interested in running," said Tenney.

She will be up for re-election in 2018.

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