UTICA, N.Y. - Congressman Anthony Brindisi announced to a room full of constituents and supporters that he is officially running for re-election to represent the 22nd Congressional District.
Brindisi held a re-election rally Monday night at 171 Genesee Street in Utica.
The congressman touted his accomplishments so far, including sponsoring and co-sponsoring several bipartisan bills, four of which have been signed by the President Donald Trump that address issues from job creation to supporting Veterans.
Brindisi emphasized uniting Democrats and Republicans to move the country forward.
"I love representing this community and I truly do believe our best days are ahead of us but we need people who can come together and put aside their party differences to actually get things done for the American people," Brindisi said. "That's what I've done over my last two years in office and it's what I'm going to continue to do as long as the people will have me."
One of Brindisi's republican opponents, congresswoman Claudia Tenney, responded to Brindisi's announcement.
“Anthony Brindisi spent the last 13 months voting for a pro-impeachment, pro-Sanders, anti-Trump agenda. Now he’s desperately backpedaling because he knows the people of our district don’t support his far left agenda,” Tenney said. “President Trump endorsed our campaign because he knows I will beat Anthony Brindisi and support his pro-growth, pro-jobs agenda that we jump started for Upstate New York.”
There are two other candidates running for the 22nd Congression District seat, George Phillips and Franklin Sager, both from Broome County.
Phillips also responded to Brindisi's announcement in a statement.
"Before the race in November against Congressman Brindisi, voters will select his opponent in a June primary.
I believe Republican primary voters will agree that we need a fresh face to take on Brindisi. I am the Republican candidate who has the strongest vision and is the most electable in this primary race.
I have and will continue to lay out a bold vision of freedom and American values to counter the rise of socialism.
Former Congresswoman Tenney lost this district with 30,000 more Republicans that President Trump won by 15 points.
I nearly won a district under the old district lines with 43,000 more Democrats that President Obama won by 20 points.
I will continue to hold Tenney to task on her voting record in Congress which included an "F" rating with the American Conservative Union, votes on stand alone legislation to force the U.S. military to pay for transgender military surgeries and studies on climate change and opposition to work requirements for welfare recipients."
The primary election is June 23.