Claudia Tenney (R)[i]
CPLANE.ai (Co-Founder / Chairman / CEO / Business Development / Director); IgnitelP (Founder / Managing Director); Precision Ventures (Board Member); Citibank (Investment Banker); US Navy (Nuclear Submarine Officer)[ii]
Education & TRAINING:
BA, Pepperdine University; MBA, The Wharton School; MIT Sloan School of Management[iii]
Safe Communities; Term Limits; Reducing Inflation; Energy Independence; Strong Military; Quality Education; Local Decisions; Supporting Veterans; Life Protecting Your Vote; Gun Ownership; Immigration; Rein in Big Tech[iv]
On the Issues
Williams has pledged to “always promote life,” but supports allowing abortions in cases of rape, incest, or to protect the life of the mother. He will work to make adoption more affordable and accessible and said he would vote against legislation that would ban abortions after 15 weeks.[v] [vi]
ECONOMY, JOBS & TAXES:
Williams claims there are five root causes of inflation: the Biden administration’s domestic energy production policies; people not showing up to work after the COVID-19 pandemic “because the government pays them to stay home”; interest rates set by the Federal Reserve; Democrats’ “$1,900,000,000,000 in unnecessary stimulus”; and “unreliable mandates to our electrical production infrastructure raising prices and reducing resilience.”[vii] Williams has advocated for cutting taxes, reducing wasteful spending, lowering the national debt, and transitioning the US to energy independence as ways to fight inflation.[viii]
HEALTHCARE & SOCIAL SAFETY NET:
Williams would support a bipartisan approach to preserving Social Security, arguing the US made a promise to retirees that the program “will be there for them and that we will provide this benefit.” He has called for protecting Medicare, though he supports “free market policies” to lower costs. He has also advocated for capping out-of-pocket prescription drug costs for seniors.[ix]
IMMIGRATION & BORDER SECURITY:
To combat illegal immigration, Williams has advocated for “securing our Southern Border and enforcing immigration laws,” stating that the US must have a “robust and fair system that rewards those who obey our laws while disincentivizing those who choose to break them.”[x] He also wants to resume construction of the border wall and reinstate the “Remain in Mexico” policy.[xi]
CRIME & PUBLIC SAFETY:
Williams has called for increasing funding for and said he opposed the “failed radical cashless bail law,” which he argued, “currently lets violent criminals out of jail to continue committing more crimes.”[xii] He has also pledged to “push back against leniency for criminals” and “protect victims over predators.”[xiii]
GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS & ELECTION SECURITY:
An advocate for states’ rights, Williams has called for returning power to the states “as the Founders intended,” arguing, “The more an issue impacts our families, the more it should be decided by those closest to our communities, homes, and neighborhoods on the state level.”[xiv] To promote secure elections, he supports voter ID laws, ending ballot harvesting, and ensuring that election laws are not changed during an election.[xv] Notably, Williams has signed the Term Limits Pledge and supports eight-year term limits for House members.[xvi] [xvii]
Williams believes parents should “have a say in the curriculum and education of their children.” He opposes “radical government mandates that require schools to teach 7-9 year old children about gender identity and sexual orientation” and wants to prohibit pornographic images from being used in school curriculums.[xviii]
CLIMATE CHANGE, ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT:
Williams opposes the Green New Deal and has called for making the US energy independent.[xix] He wants to help usher in “the renaissance of safe and reliable nuclear power” and supports expanding oil and natural gas extraction.[xx] [xxi]
BIG TECH & DATA PRIVACY:
According to his campaign website, Williams will “lead efforts to rein in the abuse, power, and censorship of ‘big-tech,’” which he argues, “should never be allowed to sell our personal data or censor our free speech.” He has also called for reforming Section 230 “so Big Tech is held accountable for their actions.”[xxii]
Williams is a gun owner and supports Second Amendment rights. He opposes red flag laws, arguing they violate the Constitution under the Second, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments and that millions of gun owners would be “at risk for government seizure without due process of law.”[xxiii] [xxiv] In June 2022, he applauded the US Supreme Court for ruling against a New York law that limited concealed carry in the state, calling the decision “a win for the people of NY and the USA.”[xxv] [xxvi] foreign policy: Williams believes the US is at “a point in history where the failures of the socialist, left-leaning policies are plain to see,” citing “weakness abroad” that he claims invited Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.[xxvii] Notably, Williams was attacked by the Congressional Leadership Fund for investing “in a Big Tech company that shipped
[i] Annie McDonough, “It’s one of the most competitive congressional races in the country. Does anyone know the candidates?,” City & State New York, October 17, 2022, available at https://www.cityandstateny.com/politics/2022/10/its-one-most-competitive-congressional-races-country-does-anyone-know-candidates/378471/.
[ii] Brandon Williams LinkedIn, accessed October 24, 2022, available at https://www.linkedin.com/in/brandonmwilliams/.
[iii] Brandon Williams LinkedIn, accessed October 24, 2022, available at https://www.linkedin.com/in/brandonmwilliams/.
[iv] “Stances,” Brandon Williams for Congress, accessed October 24, 2022, available at https://brandonforcongressny22.com/stances.
[v] “Life,” Brandon Williams for Congress, accessed October 24, 2022, available at https://brandonforcongressny22.com/stances/pro-life.
[vi] Mark Weiner, “Republican House candidate Brandon Williams won’t vote for national abortion ban,” Post-Standard, September 23, 2022, available at https://www.syracuse.com/politics/2022/09/republican-house-candidate-brandon-williams-wont-vote-for-national-abortion-ban.html.
[vii] Brandon Williams, “NY-22 candidate: Fight inflation by electing ‘conservative outsiders,’” Post-Standard, July 19, 2022, available at https://www.syracuse.com/opinion/2022/07/ny-22-candidate-fight-inflation-by-electing-conservative-outsiders-your-letters.html.
[viii] “Reducing Inflation & Renewing the Economy,” Brandon Williams for Congress, accessed October 24, 2022, available at https://brandonforcongressny22.com/stances/economy.
[ix] Robert Harding, “CNY candidates for Congress face questions about Medicare, Social Security at AARP forum,” The Citizen, October 19, 2022, available at https://auburnpub.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/cny-candidates-for-congress-face-questions-about-medicare-social-security-at-aarp-forum/article_f556615f-d098-553b-b708-e1ebf5b70157.html.
[x] “Immigration,” Brandon Williams for Congress, accessed October 24, 2022, available at https://brandonforcongressny22.com/stances/immigration.
[xi] Mark Weiner, “What issues separate Steve Wells, Brandon Williams in GOP primary for Congress,” Syracuse.com, August 21, 2022, available at https://www.syracuse.com/politics/2022/08/what-issues-separate-steve-wells-brandon-williams-in-gop-primary-for-congress.html.
[xii] “Safe Communities,” Brandon Williams for Congress, accessed October 24, 2022, available at https://brandonforcongressny22.com/stances/safe-communities.
[xiii] Brandon Williams Twitter, September 19, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/Brandon4ny22/status/1571896236092936193.
[xiv] “Local Decisions,” Brandon Williams for Congress, accessed October 24, 2022, available at https://brandonforcongressny22.com/stances/federalism.
[xv] “Protecting Your Vote,” Brandon Williams for Congress, accessed October 24, 2022, available at https://brandonforcongressny22.com/stances/election-integrity.
[xvi] “Term Limits,” Brandon Williams for Congress, accessed October 24, 2022, available at https://brandonforcongressny22.com/stances/term-limits.
[xvii] Mark Weiner, “What issues separate Steve Wells, Brandon Williams in GOP primary for Congress,” Post-Standard, August 21, 2022, available at https://www.syracuse.com/politics/2022/08/what-issues-separate-steve-wells-brandon-williams-in-gop-primary-for-congress.html.
[xviii] “Quality Education,” Brandon Williams for Congress, accessed October 24, 2022, available at https://brandonforcongressny22.com/stances/education.
[xix] “Energy Independence,” Brandon Williams for Congress, accessed October 24, 2022, available at https://brandonforcongressny22.com/stances/energy-independence.
[xx] Brandon Williams Twitter, July 18, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/Brandon4ny22/status/1549207993274847233.
[xxi] Marie J. French, “How two Navy veterans are battling for one of the nation's biggest toss-up House seats,” Politico, October 23, 2022, available at https://www.politico.com/news/2022/10/23/two-navy-veterans-battle-in-competitive-upstate-new-york-district-00062542.
[xxii] “Rein in Big Tech,” Brandon Williams for Congress, accessed October 24, 2022, available at https://brandonforcongressny22.com/stances/rein-in-big-tech.
[xxiii] “Gun Ownership,” Brandon Williams for Congress, accessed October 24, 2022, available at https://brandonforcongressny22.com/stances/2nd-amendment.
[xxiv] Brandon Williams Twitter, June 24, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/Brandon4ny22/status/1540428355018924034.
[xxv] Brandon Williams Twitter, June 23, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/Brandon4ny22/status/1540037941560774657.
[xxvi] Jonah E. Bromwich, “Federal Judge Blocks N.Y. Gun Law, Finding Much of It Unconstitutional,” New York Times, October 6, 2022, available at https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/06/nyregion/judge-blocks-ny-gun-law.html.
[xxvii] Robert Harding, “Cayuga County Republican running for Congress as political outsider,” The Citizen, April 6, 2022, available at https://auburnpub.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/cayuga-county-republican-running-for-congress-as-political-outsider/article_c2d0a034-18be-51da-af67-33a90ca38721.html.