As the 2020 general election campaign gets underway, Congressional candidate Claudia Tenney stopped in Binghamton Thursday afternoon to show her support for local police departments.
The 22nd Congressional District challenger stood by former members of law enforcement as she criticized Rep. Brindisi for his affirmative vote on a police reform bill passed by House of Representatives last month in the wake of George Floyd's death.
She claims it has already negatively impacted local police agencies.
But Brindisi recently co-sponsored a bill that would prevent jurisdictions that defund their police from receiving federal grants. Tenney called that proposed legislation a "fake bill."
"I think it's just an attempt to try to cover the fact that he actually voted to defund the police and he's trying to make it look like he didn't," Tenney said. "If it walks like a duck and it looks like a duck, it's probably a duck. Anthony Brindisi voted to defund the police. It's as simple as that."
Brindisi's press secretary responded to Tenney, saying she left out facts about his record of standing with law enforcement.
"His record of fighting for resources, training, and gear for men and women in blue is clear," the statement read in part. "It is concerning to see former Congresswoman Tenney try to politicize our law enforcement officers during a time of crisis."
Tenney won her Republican primary last month to set-up a rematch with Brindisi, who beat her for the seat in 2018.