Congresswoman Claudia Tenney and her opponent for the 22nd Congressional District race, state Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, were both in Little Falls this morning for the Herkimer County Legislative Breakfast, and a controversial radio interview that took place earlier this week was talked about.
On Wednesday, Tenney was interviewed by Albany radio station TALK 1300 and she said that “so many of these people that commit the mass murders end up being Democrats.” This evening, Tenney was in the WKTV studio to go on camera for the first time and give her side of the story.
Tenney credits the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee with turning the radio conversation into the national media frenzy it has become, saying “they twisted my words.”
“What the issue is is that we were talking about legal gun owners being blamed and then Fred Dicker – who’s a very tough radio interviewer, very few people appear on that show because he is very provocative – I was defending legal gun owners and also, we do sadly have a lot more mass murders than we used to in the old days when we had less gun restrictions."
“I don’t think either party has a monopoly on this, but there are many who are either Democrats, left-leaning, or you could describe that there’s a lot that aren’t really registered to vote, but they’re left-leaning," Tenney said.
Tenney referenced the shooting at a Congressional baseball game in 2017 in which Rep. Steve Scalise was shot by someone who volunteered for Bernie Sanders’ campaign.
When asked if she would take the statement back and use different words, Tenney said, “I would say many are Democrats or left-leaning, not registered Democrats, which is – what’s the difference? Many of them are on all persuasions, which is how I responded and reacted … I put out an immediate statement."
“The Democrats continue to smear and use this as a campaign prop against me, instead of dealing with the real issue,” Tenney said. “We’re trying to talk about what we can do and everything is anti-Trump, destroy the president, don’t listen … and this is what scares me.”
Tenney says there’s a bill they’re working on in the House of Representatives that would use infrastructure funds to help school districts implement metal detectors and bolster their security.
For the full interview with Tenney, and to learn more about what Tenney believes can be done to prevent shootings from happening, watch the video above.
To view Brindisi's interview from Friday evening regarding the same topics, click here.