Two sitting Republican elected officials in New York's 22nd congressional district, and the district's former representative are publicly backing the Democratic challenger instead of their own party's incumbent.

A release from Anthony Brindisi's campaign says former NY-22 Congressman Richard Hanna, retiring NY Assembly member Marc Butler and Frankfort Mayor Rick Adams - all Republians - are backing Brindisi instead of GOP House member Claudia Tenney.

“After serving in Congress for a few terms, I know that real leadership in Washington means being able to stand up to party leaders and work with everyone,” said Hanna in a press release from Brindisi's campaign. “Claudia Tenney has shown that she’s incapable of doing that, and folks in Upstate New York have suffered as a result. We need people like Anthony in Congress who will bridge the divide to get things done.”

Hanna was first the NY-24 representative (2011-2013) before re-districting. After lines were redrawn, Hanna was twice elected the NY-22 house member (2013-2017). He was challenged by and defeated Tenney in a GOP primary for the seat in 2014.

Meanwhile, two notable Republicans have hit the campaign trail to stump for Tenney. Both President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan have both visited The 22nd district in support of the first term GOP congresswoman..

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