Tenney’s opponent in the November election, Utica-area Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, is crying foul after Spectrum has refused to run a political ad critical of the cable company.
As Marlee Tuskes of our Utica sister station reports, Spectrum says the commercial doesn’t fit their criteria.
“If you’re watching this ad on Spectrum Cable, you’re getting ripped off.”
That’s how 22nd congressional district candidate Anthony Brindisi started off his latest political ad.
Brindisi has been involved in an ongoing battle with the cable company over what he calls, unfair practices.
And now – the fight continues following Charter Spectrum’s decision not to air this advertisement.
“That was going to run on all the stations here locally, both the broadcast stations as well as the ones controlled by Spectrum. And on Friday afternoon we learned our ad about Spectrum would not be aired on the cable channels.”
While there are standards for political advertising when it comes to broadcast channels, the FCC does not have those same rules for cable.
And according to spokeswoman Maureen Huff, Charter Spectrum does not accept ads that disparage the company.
“To me this is political censorship at its worst, and it’s very apparent Spectrum has chosen a horse in this race, and it’s not Anthony Brindisi.”
In the ad, Brindisi says Congresswoman Claudia Tenney’s campaign has been bankrolled by Spectrum, and that she won’t hold the company accountable.
In a statement, Tenney says Brindisi isn’t being honest and that the Charter merger was approved under his watch.
As for now, Brindisi has called on Spectrum to air the advertisement.
“If things were not true, I would understand their reasoning for not airing it. But everything in the ad is truth, and we’ve backed it up with facts. So we’re going to call on them today to air the ad,”