Utica, N.Y. - The 22nd Congressional District seat in the House of Representatives was vacant for today's historic impeachment vote of President Trump for the second time.
As the 22nd Congressional District race is still undecided, Anthony Brindisi and Claudia Tenney can only say how they would have voted if their race had been decided.
Although both Brindisi and Tenney highly condemn what happened at the U.S. Capitol one week ago today, Brindisi says he would have voted yes on impeachment, Tenney says she would have voted no.
Brindisi says it's clear that President Trump caused the insurrection at the Capitol and he believes Trump should have been removed immediately, "My preference really would’ve been for the President to step aside and resign at this point in time and let Vice President Mike Pence take over for the remaining days until Joe Biden is sworn in on January 20th. It doesn’t look as though the President is going to do that. The 25th Amendment would’ve been more ideal if that happened, but it doesn’t look like that’s gonna happen, but I think Congress is left with no other choice here but to pursue impeachment and I’m glad that it’s been done in a bipartisan basis."
Tenney says it's not clear that President Trump caused the insurrection, "It’s sort of fruitless to go through an impeachment process when the President is going to be out of office in 7 days and there has been no proof that the President, you’ve seen legal scholars like Jonathan Turley say, that there’s no evidence on a similar criminal level that the President has committed a high crime and misdemeanor so at this point we don’t have the evidence for any of that."
Brindisi says Congress has to send a message that this type of action by a President of The United States will not be tolerated in the future, "I was very angry to see people storming through the Cabinet, those are the halls that I’ve walked on a daily basis. The door that enters into the House floor that was smashed is the door I walked every day when I go to vote. I was sad to see the loss of life, especially for Capitol Police Officers who lost their lives, and I think there has to be accountability. We cannot have a total insurrection in our nation's Capitol. That’s not who we are as Americans. It’s against all of our principles as a democracy and people have to be held accountable for that."
Tenney says an impeachment proceeding wit evidence presented would have gotten to the bottom of exactly what happened last Wednesday, "A lot of people have some concerns of the election integrity, I mean I’m sitting in the middle of a case is still undecided, the only one left in the nation, and I understand that but there is no excuse for this kind of violence and we don’t know who caused it ultimately. We don’t know all of the facts. We have assumptions and we have some ideas and we have a trickling in of information from all sides, that’s what the body of Congress should be doing is investigating this."
As far as their own race and getting to Washington, both Brindisi and Tenney say they are hoping to ultimately be the Representative for the people of the 22nd Congressional District.
Tenney says she doesn't expect a final winner to be declared until sometime in February.
The case is continuing in State Supreme Court in Oswego County.
Closing arguments are set for January 22nd.
The State Supreme Court Judge will then have to go through and rule on each of the 2,400 plus disputed ballots before a winner is declared.