Multiple debates are likely prior to the November 3 General Election between sitting Congressman Anthony Brindisi and his predecessor-turned-challenger, former Rep. Claudia Tenney.
Yesterday, both candidates for New York’s 22nd Congressional District said they intend for that to happen.
Brindisi called for a series of four debates with trusted local media outlets, as well as one in each of the district’s major media markets. Tenney said there should be at least eight (8) debates.
“The voters of New York’s 22nd District deserve to hear directly from those who seek to represent them in Congress,” she added in her official statement. “Our campaign looks forward to working directly with media and civic organizations who wish to host debates.”
Tenney was unseated in 2018 after her first term in office representing a district President Trump won easily back in 2016.
Her hopeful return to office is now just one step away after recently winning the Republican primary by a convincing margin over her opponent, George Phillips.
Brindisi ran unopposed in the Democratic primary and secured the nomination on three ballot lines.
“The upcoming election will give the hardworking residents of New York’s 22nd an opportunity to pick their path forward in Congress for the next two years,” Brindisi wrote in a letter he sent this week to the former congresswoman. “Now more than ever, it is so important that voters see for themselves where each candidate stands on the issues facing our district.”