October 16, 2018 • Press Release

A TALE OF TWO CAMPAIGNS: BRINDISI HOSTS EVENT ON PROTECTING SENIORS' BENEFITS WHILE TENNEY HOLDS FANCY FUNDRAISER WITH PAUL RYAN

Anthony Brindisi, candidate for Congress in New York’s 22nd district, was joined by Jon “Bowzer” Bauman, a national advocate for protecting Social Security and Medicare, to talk with seniors in support of protecting their earned benefits today in Utica. In contrast, Claudia Tenney is set to hold another fancy closed-door fundraiser in Binghamton with Paul Ryan, a leading advocate in Congress for cutting those same programs.

Brindisi and Bauman joined a group of over 40 seniors at the North Utica Senior Citizens Community Center to have an open discussion about preserving their benefits. “This district needs a proven advocate for seniors,” said Bauman. “And Anthony Brindisi has vowed to protect Social Security, protect Medicare, fight for lower prescription drug prices, and never call these programs entitlements. That’s what the 22nd district needs.”

Meanwhile, Tenney will campaign in Binghamton with Ryan at a private fundraiser. Ryan has repeatedly called these essential programs for seniors “entitlements,” and advocated for cutting the programs, stripping benefits from retirees. Tenney has advocated for similar policies. In a Fox News interview earlier this year, Tenney said that “entitlements are a huge problem” that contribute to a growing federal deficit. Ryan has said that Medicare is the "biggest entitlement that's got to have reform." Tenney even backed the 2018 House GOP budget that called for $473 billion in Medicare cuts.

“After Paul Ryan and Claudia Tenney worked hand in hand to pass a tax plan that added nearly $2 trillion to the deficit, they turned their focus to cutting Medicare and Social Security,” said Anthony Brindisi. “The contrast couldn’t be clearer. While I’m holding an open forum with seniors to discuss how we can protect their benefits, Claudia Tenney is holding a fancy fundraiser with the person leading the charge to cut these programs. It’s sickening.”

Earlier this year Tenney voted for proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, which the AARP said would “likely harm Social Security and Medicare, subjecting both programs to potentially deep cuts.” She has also been recognized by the 60 Plus Association, a group that supported President George W. Bush’s Social Security privatization effort. A recent AARP poll showed that those over 50 in the 22nd district support Brindisi 48-35 percent over Tenney.

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