The Republican candidates for the 22nd Congressional District primary, Claudia Tenney and George Phillips, both believe jobs and the economy are the number one issue facing constituents in their district, but their approach on how to accomplish that is very different.
Tenney is hoping to work with President Trump.
"It’s really about socialism versus common sense and protecting America and protecting freedom, protecting our business owners and small business owners who drive our economy. So that’s really what this race has come to…even the primary has come down to that. Who can win this seat and take back this seat for America," she said.
While Phillips is looking to work collaboratively with other congressional members to accomplish his goals.
"What people are seeing right now is a government that’s gone amuck here. We saw it with President Trump getting elected a few years ago. The whole idea of draining the swamp. We need strong, bold, follow up ideas to get this economy going again, and to clean up the mess in Washington," he said.
They’re both willing to fight for their seat in Congress, the gloves have come off for the primary.
"When it comes down to the primary, do you want a compassionate advocate who’s a proven leader who’s actually helped our district, or do you want a perennial candidate who’s never been elected who talks in shallow platitudes. I mean unfortunately that’s….nice guy, but not the person who’s going to lead us into a very complex and ever changing dynamic environment in politics," said Tenney.
Phillips says he believes he has the best plan for the district's future.
"I’ve laid out the best vision. I’ve laid out bold reform plans on the national debt, on healthcare, on welfare to work. 2nd I’m the only electable Republican in this field. Claudia Tenney lost the district that President Trump won by 15 points. On the same ticket Republican Gov. Candidate Mark Molinaro won by 20 points. I just don’t think Tenney can win again if she’s on the ticket," he said.
Early voting started on Saturday, the polls open up on Tuesday, and absentee ballots must be postmarked by June 23.