New York State Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney (R) announced today that she would challenge Rep. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.) next year for the Republican nomination in the competitive 22nd congressional district in central New York. Hanna, a three-term congressman, defeated Tenney by a little more than 2,000 votes in the 2014 GOP primary.
“Richard Hanna promised us he would stand up to the special interests and cronyists, but his voting record proves he has been nothing more than a shill for the Washington elite,” Tenney said in a press conference on Tuesday morning. “That is why I stand here today to announce my candidacy for the United States Congress in the 22nd District,” she said. “I’m running because I believe in my heart I can stand up to the broken and corrupt system in Washington.”