On Radio, Tenney Suggests Many Mass Murderers Are Democrats
Republican Congresswoman Claudia Tenney ignited some controversy after she said it was "interesting" that many people who commit mass murders "end up being Democrats."
Tenney's comment was made during an interview Wednesday morning on an Albany radio station. She was speaking on Talk 1300 with host Fred Dicker about the aftermath of last week's massacre at a Florida high school.
At one point during a back-and-forth with the interviewer, Tenney said: "Obviously, there's a lot of politics in it and it's interesting that so many of these people that commit the mass murders end up being Democrats. But the media doesn't talk about that either."
Tenney's comments generated reaction nearly four hours after the live interview aired after this reporter listened to a recording of the broadcast and tweeted an excerpt of what she had said.
About an hour later, Democratic Assembly Anthony Brindisi - who is campaigning against Tenney in New York's 22nd Congressional District -- issued a statement calling on her to apologize. The Brindisi statement said "this toxic rhetoric is shameful coming from an elected official."
Brindisi said "inserting politics into a national tragedy is beyond the pale and disgusting."
Tenney's campaign manager, Raychel Renna, Wednesday evening provided this statement from the congresswoman: "I am fed up with the media and liberals attempting to politicize tragedies and demonize law-abiding gun owners and conservative Americans every time there is a horrible tragedy. While we know the perpetrators of these atrocities have a wide variety of political views, my comments are in response to a question about the failure to prosecute illegal gun crime. I will continue to stand up for law-abiding citizens who are smeared by anti-gun liberal elitists."
LISTEN to Claudia Tenney's interview with Fred Dicker on Albany's Talk 1300 HERE. The comments that prompted the reaction are near the 33:30 mark.
This story has been updated to include the statement released by the Tenney campaign.
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