Local Action Group Demands Tenney provide proof of “paid disrupters”

Madison Chenango Call to Action, a nonpartisan group of Congressional District 22 constituents, has demanded that Congresswoman Claudia Tenney back up her statements about “paid disrupters,” made in a Feb. 3 interview on Capitol Tonight, a week night show political show on Time Warner Cable news stations across Upstate New York. Tenney had made such statements a number of times, in various venues.

Referencing Tenney’s statements, “If I didn’t have disrupters who are paid, who are trying to prevent me from getting to my constituents and helping them,” and “ … there are groups that are being funded to go out and disrupt,” Madison Chenango CTA has requested, in a letter, that Tenney provide them with evidence regarding who has hired and is paying the disruptors, how much they are being paid, and how arrangements are being made as to the nature and location of the “disruptions.”

“Madison Chenango Call to Action is a nonpartisan group of Tenney’s constituents who share concerns over many of her policy decisions. We are dismayed by her refusal to meet her constituents in Town Halls, and her characterization of those who disagree with her as “paid disrupters.” We would simply like Ms. Tenney to show us the evidence she is using to draw this conclusion.” says a spokesperson for MC-CTA.

Following is the full text of the letter:

Dear Ms. Tenney,

In a February 3 interview on Capitol Tonight, you commented that, like President Trump, you too found yourself having to cope with “paid disrupters.” You stated, “If I didn’t have disrupters who are paid and people who are trying to prevent me from getting to my constituents and helping them…” You further stated, “ … there are groups that are being funded to go out and disrupt.” When asked, “funded by whom,” you were unable, or unwilling to give a specific answer.

Madison Chenango Call to Action is a nonpartisan group of constituents from your district who are concerned with the extreme policies of the Trump administration and with your voting record that so far supports them. We are also concerned with your characterization of your constituents who have expressed these concerns as “paid disrupters.”

We are therefore requesting, respectfully, that you provide us with evidence of who has hired and is paying these “disrupters,” and how much they are being paid, as well as how the arrangements are made as to the type and nature of the “disruptions” they are paid to cause.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Lisa Oristian, Madison Chenango Call to Action

3 comments to Local Action Group Demands Tenney provide proof of “paid disrupters”

  • Kenneth Showalter

    How exactly is she suppose to find that information? Isn’t there something a little more important for her to spend her time on.

  • She has paid staff that could easily provide her with that
    information.

    Do you know how many staff people she has, and what their salaries are?

  • Jim Coufal

    My wife has been asking this question for two months. It is always being worked on. Same with asking for evidence that the great majority of her constituents are for getting rid of ObamaCare. Same for when she is going to have a Town Hall. In regard to the latter, one excuse is that she has received death threats. When asked if this was reported to the police…same answer.

    By the way, my wife and I are members of the Cazenovia Call to Action group, with 400-plus members.

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