Only one U.S. congressional seat in the entire country was absent in the House impeachment vote yesterday of President Donald Trump.
Lawyers for incumbent District 22 Representative Anthony Brindisi and Claudia Tenney — who held the job for two years prior — continue to duke it out in state supreme court more than 70 days after Election Day.
A disputed ballot count leaves representation on the district empty, for now.
Final arguments from both campaigns are expected next Friday (January 22), with hundreds of ballots under review by Oswego County Justice Scott DelConte.
Tenney issued a statement today (January 14) accusing her opponent of cherry-picking votes and counting illegal ballots.
“The focus must be on counting every legal vote in the 22nd Congressional District, regardless of party,” said Claudia Tenney said. “Every illegal or improper vote disenfranchises legitimate ballots cast. Each day that passes, our community is being deprived of a voice in Washington. The decisions made by Congress and its organizing committees in the coming days, weeks, and months will shape how the 22nd District is represented. It is paramount that we have a seat at the table.”
Meanwhile, Brindisi filed on Friday (January 8) for re-election in 2022 with the Federal Election Commission.
He remains optimistic the current process will eventually work out in his favor.
“I am hopeful that I will be certified the winner in this race for New York’s 22nd district,” Brindisi said. “And I will get right back to fighting for bipartisan solutions, making Congress work for working families, and standing up to anyone on behalf of this district. Serving this community is the honor of a lifetime. I look forward to being re-elected and stand ready to continue to serve this community for years to come.”