State Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, who will be challenging Congresswoman Claudia Tenney in the 22nd Congressional District Race this fall, joined NewsTalk this evening to discuss a recent radio interview in which Tenney said, “so many of these people that commit the mass murders end up being Democrats.”
The Albany radio interview gained national attention, and on Friday evening Tenney joined WKTV in studio to discuss the interview. While she doesn’t regret the words she used, she said she would add in the words “left-leaning,” as she said some of the shooters may be left-leaning but may not be registered Democrats.
When asked about the tone of the Congressional campaign thus far, and whether or not he’s worried about it, Brindisi said, “I think the tone of the campaign – I hope it’s going to stay positive. I think these comments that were made by her are very regretful, I think she should apologize for them. The statement that she made has been proven to be untrue by independent sources, and this is a point in time where this kind of rhetoric is just going to poison the culture out there.”
Brindisi said that as people are coming together in the wake of the shooting that left 17 people dead at a high school in Florida, it’s “very hurtful” to hear leaders in Washington make statements like Tenney’s.
“I think what we have to do is we have to first start – and there’s not one simple solution that will solve this issue – but you’ve got to start somewhere," Brindisi said. "Why not start where greater than 90 percent of Democrats and Republicans agree, and that is on something like universal background checks. There’s no reason why these kinds of firearms should be getting into the hands of people who are criminals, people who are violently, mentally ill, people who commit domestic abuse. So let’s start there.”
For the full interview with Brindisi, and what else he believes should be done to help prevent these shootings from happening, watch the video above.
To watch Tenney's interview from Friday evening, click here.