NEW HARTFORD, NY - A report published Tuesday quotes former Congresswoman Claudia Tenney as “leaning closer to running” for the 22nd Congressional District seat next year.
Tenney, a Republican, told CNBC she has been encouraged to run for Congress by the National Republican Congressional Committee.
“They know that I am the only one who can win it,” Tenney told CNBC. She also said she’s “leaning closer to running.”
Current first-term Rep. Anthony Brindisi defeated Tenney, a one-term Congresswoman, by a slim margin in 2018. The results of the race were in doubt for weeks while each county in the district worked to recount and certify ballots. Brindisi ultimately defeated Tenney by fewer than 5,000 votes.
Brindisi, a Democrat, has not yet officially declared his candidacy for reelection. Republicans George Phillips and Steve Cornwell of Broome County have already announced their bids for the office.
A Brindisi campaign spokesperson sent a statement Wednesday afternoon, saying "Congressman Brindisi is focused on doing the job New Yorkers elected him to do: fighting for our veterans, working to bring down health care costs, championing the needs of farmers, and passing legislation to support American workers." The statement did not directly answer the question of whether Brindisi plans to run for reelection.
NewsChannel 2 has not yet received a response from Ms. Tenney.
CNBC says election analysts rank the 22nd Congressional District seat as a toss-up in 2020.