Republican Mario Fratto once again will challenge U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney in 2024 in the race for New York's 24th Congressional District.

Fratto, an attorney from Geneva, announced Wednesday that he is again seeking the seat that rests along a good portion of the Lake Ontario shoreline.

"I had hoped that our close primary race would encourage her to make a course correction and vote the values of the most conservative district in the state," Fratto said in a statement about Tenney. "She has instead doubled down on the bad policies that filled the carpet bag she dragged into our district last year, moving over 100 miles from her childhood home to stay in office."

Tenney represented the 22nd District in the Mohawk Valley and Southern Tier from 2017 to 2019 and again from 2021 to 2023. Following the state’s redistricting process, Tenney opted to run in the 24th District in 2022, which runs from Niagara County to the Thousand Islands region, snaking south of the greater Rochester area.

The move prompted Fratto, who lives in the redrawn district, to mount a challenge to Tenney. Tenney defeated Fratto in the Republican primary by about 4,000 votes, or by 14 percentage points. Fratto did win Wyoming and Yates counties.

"Getting my message out to the entire district won’t be easy, but I’m determined to make sure Republicans from Lockport to Watertown and everywhere in between know that Claudia doesn’t represent our values but I will," Fratto said.

Fratto's announcement comes a day after the Republican-controlled House of Representatives outsted Speaker Kevin McCarthy, whom Tenney had supported and whose explusion from the chair sidelines "our effort to pass conservative appropriations bills," she wrote on X, formally known as Twitter.

A Repblican primary for the House seat would take place on June 25, 2024.


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