More than three months after votes were cast in the 2020 elections, and following a legal battle in the courts, the final results for New York’s 22nd Congressional District have confirmed that Republican challenger Claudia Tenney defeated Democratic incumbent Rep. Anthony Brindisi.
Brindisi finally conceded to Tenney on Monday and congratulated her on the victory while vowing to make the belated transition period go as smoothly as possible, Breitbart reported.
The concession came in the wake of a ruling from a judge last week that ended the prolonged legal challenges from the Democrat and proclaimed Tenney the winner by a margin of just 109 votes — a victory that has since been certified by county and state election officials.
“Today I congratulated Claudia Tenney and offered to make the transition process as smooth as possible on behalf of our community,” Brindisi wrote in his concession announcement.
“I hope that she will be a Representative for all the people of this district, not just those that agree with her point of view, and work with members of both parties to heal the deep divisions that exist in our country,” he continued with a not-so-subtle shot at his former opponent.
Today, I congratulated Claudia Tenney on a hard-fought race. It has been the honor of a lifetime serving this community. Read my full statement below: pic.twitter.com/9bdPRF6QsL
— Anthony Brindisi (@ABrindisiNY) February 8, 2021
The outgoing Democratic congressman then proceeded to rehash his claim that the election had been stolen by way of alleged ballot fraud, election irregularities, and changes to election procedures that hadn’t been authorized by the legislature — all allegations that were raised by former President Donald Trump and Republican allies in several other states that were summarily denied and dismissed.
Allegations of fraud
Brindisi noted that serving in Congress had been the “honor of a lifetime,” but wrote, “Unfortunately, this election and counting process was riddled with errors, inconsistencies and systematic violations of state and federal election laws.”
“My one disappointment is that the court did not see fit to grant us a recount,” he continued. “Sadly, we may never know how many legal voters were turned away at the polls or ballots not counted due to the ineptitude of the boards of election, especially in Oneida County.”
“My hope is some authority steps in and investigates the massive disenfranchisement of voters that took place during this election,” he added in what is a remarkable echo of demands made by Republicans in several states across the nation.
For her part, Tenney expressed gratitude that the months-long dispute over her election victory was finally over now that her opponent had conceded.
“I really appreciate Anthony’s call today and thank him for his service,” Tenney wrote in a retweet of Brindisi’s concession announcement. “He graciously offered to help ensure a smooth transition and I look forward to working with him over the coming days to complete that process on behalf of everyone in NY22.”