Report: Tenney re-election announcement gets heated

Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, R-New Hartford, speaks during a news conference at the Capitol on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney announced Saturday afternoon that she is running for a second term in Congress, according to WKTV in Utica.

Tenney held a rally for her supporters at Cavallo's restaurant Saturday in New Hartford, in Oneida County.

During the rally, she assessed what her campaign platform would be. According to WKTV, she focused on Second Amendment gun laws, reviving local farms and supporting the mental health issue.

“We continue to work with veterans every day,” Tenney said. “They continue to have issues that are just unfair on how they have to wait to receive health care.”

The congresswoman also touted unemployment rates and her support for the Republican tax plan, WKTV said.

"First of all, we are going to continue the progress that we have already made on the tax plan,” Tenney said. “The big issue is to make the tax reform permanent and get some bipartisan support from the Democrats.”

Tenney spoke with reporters after the rally, which turned into a little bit of a heated exchange after being asked about recent comments she made about "many people" who commit mass murders "end up being Democrats." She also said she was frustrated that Republicans seemed to be blamed by the Democrats and members of the media following the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, WKTV video shows.

"The false statements every day, the media, the Democrats. What are they doing?" she said. "Turn on the media. The drumbeat every single day is that it's Republicans, Republicans, Republicans, the NRA. The Republicans cause these things to happen."

Tenney said the Democrats exploit tragedies like the one in Parkland and "attack" legal gun owners.

"This problem occurs across all sectors, with all types of people," Tenney said. "It isn't just Republicans who commit all these terrible crimes. It is across all sectors and it is people who are typically mentally unstable who are committing a lot of the crimes that we're seeing."

A response from a reporter in the WKTV video is inaudible, but Tenney then shouted "Fake news. I answered your question every which way. It is fake news," and ended the pool with reporters.

Tenney represents the 22nd Congressional District, which covers Chenango, Cortland, Madison, and Oneida counties, and parts of Broome, Herkimer, Oswego, and Tioga counties.

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