Update: Tenney and Mahoney had a Twitter-based back-and-forth just after I posted it. I re-Tweeted most of it and you can catch it at @JamesNani845.
Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney says a recent study by the good government group pointing out that she missed the third most votes out of all assembly members this year is an ” attempt at a hit job.”
In the New York Public Interest Research Group’s “2014 Session Analysis” report released last week, the report points out that Tenney missed 480 votes, the third most in the state Assembly this past session.
Out of the 18 legislators NYPIRG says missed more than 150 votes this past session, 15 were Democrats and three were Republicans.
In an email response to the the report, Tenney said NYPIRG “is a liberal organization looking to attack Republicans.”
“I missed about 5 days of session all year,” Tenney said “What people don’t know is that we typically do half the bills we pass in an entire year in the last week. Most of them are one house bills and repeats.”
Tenney said the Assembly votes on the same bills every year, some around for 15 years that have never had a Senate sponsor.
“They are passed to help a democratic member look good in their district,” Tenney said. “Until this year, the only time I ever missed a vote was when my son graduated from the Naval Academy in May 2013.”
Tenney also pointed out that she was running in the 22nd Congressional primary this year and that the Dream Act came before the house twice this year even though there were no changes to the bill.
Bill Mah0ney, research coordinator for NYPIRG, disputed that NYPIRG was a liberal organization or the analysis was a hit piece. He said they tally the data and look at all parties equally and that he wasn’t sure if Tenney has read the report.
“I’ve been up here since 2005 and that’s the silliest comment I’ve ever heard from a local official,” Mahoney said.
Tenney, R-New Hartford, lost her challenge to Rep. Richard Hanna in a Republican primary last Tuesday for the 22nd Congressional District. After the loss, Tenney said she’ll run for again 101st Assembly seat again this November. The district nicks the borders of Orange, Ulster and Sullivan counties and meanders northward through Delaware, Otsego, Herkimer and Oneida counties.