The race for New York’s 22nd Congressional District has taken a turbulent turn with two separate videos featuring heated exchanges involving incumbent Rep. Brandon Williams and challenger State Senator John Mannion.
In the first video, Rep. Williams is seen at a party in the International Spy Museum in Washington D.C., confronting his former chief of staff, Michael Gordon. The video shows Williams swearing at Gordon and making threatening remarks.
Williams’ communications director, Taylor Weyeneth, defended the congressman’s actions, attributing them to derogatory comments allegedly made by Gordon and another former staffer, Ryan Sweeney, about the Congressman’s family.
In a twist, a video surfaced on social media showing Sen. Mannion also engaged in a heated argument, swearing at an off-camera individual for disrespecting his wife.
Mannion’s office confirmed the authenticity of the video, stating it occurred at least two years ago in response to verbal attacks on his wife.
Both videos have sparked intense reactions, with all three Democratic candidates criticizing Rep. Williams for his conduct. Mannion described Williams’ outburst as “embarrassing,” while Weyeneth released Mannion’s video to counter the criticism.
The unfolding drama in NY-22 suggests a contentious and spectacle-driven race leading up to the election, with the focus shifting from policy issues to personal conduct.
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