Rome residents react to Claudia Tenney's memo

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)

Central New Yorkers have seen the political ads on television for months.

These ads mostly target the record of both the incumbent and her challenger.

This New York Post report about a Tenney memo to staffers has some voters upset.

In this memo, Tenney said her opponent Anthony Brindisi’s family is “criminal and thuggish.”

“Because no one should bring in families and involve them even though it is politics it still isn’t right,” Nadine Russel said.

Russel, a native of Rome, couldn't believe it when she heard about this.

She believes politics should be one candidate saying what they plan to do rather than criticizing the other campaign.

"There is more fair tactics to go about it, yes not that way,” Russel said.

Anthony Brindisi's father is an attorney who decades ago represented people allegedly linked to organized crime in the Utica area,

Brindisi's campaign manager Ellen Foster released the following statement reporting “Claudia Tenney's false attack on Anthony's family and heritage is sadly no surprise to us.”

Republican Tenney's campaign sent out a statement reporting “Brindisi's father's behavior is a matter of public record. as an Italian American, I find Brindisi's attempts to drag the Italian community into this to distract from his family’s well documented criminal past shameful."

As for other residents in Rome, they said to ignore what Tenney is saying and just go on with the race.

"I think a lot of the politics is a lot of people are doing it and I think there is a lot of people where they shouldn’t be bringing other people into it and I think it,” Steven Wood said.

Less than two months until election day the latest polls show every vote will matter in deciding who wins the race in New York’s 22nd Congressional District.

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