Updated 09/14/2012 06:53 AM
Tenney clinches Republican line for 101st Assembly District
After a long and bitter summer, Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney clinched the 101st Republican Primary Thursday night. Our Andrew Sorensen caught up with her campaign as they look forward to November.
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NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. -- Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney's victory in 101st Assembly District Republican Primary is bittersweet after losing most of her turf to redistricting, including her Westmoreland offices.
"I'm really going to be devastated moving out of Westmoreland. They have been wonderful to me," she said Thursday night.
It's been a difficult run across the seven county district primary against Brian Maher, traversing the 150-mile district four times just this week.
"I couldn't believe how nice everybody is in every district, they're very welcoming and very frustrated with the redistricting process. But I think they really understood that I'm really making the hardest effort I can to get to them," Tenney said.
Tenney's campaign has been working tirelessly to get her face out there, and they say they're ready to hit the ground running in the General Election.
"Claudia's a trooper, she's a very capable assemblywoman, so she's going to lemonade out of lemons, no matter what you throw at her," Tenney supporter Kristine Giotto said.
They credit some factors critics saw as flaws as Tenney's biggest strengths in this new district.
"A lot of times she's voting against the grain. Because instead of cutting some downstate deal, she's doing what's best for this district," said campaign consultant Bill Keeler.
Tenney says she's looking forward to taking care of unfinished business in Albany should she win in November.
"Reform, truly reform Medicaid, and then we can bring our state back into some solvency and some sense," she said.
Next stop: Herkimer County Democrat Dan Carter, as Tenney hits the road again to try to win over the people of 101st.