BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – Broome County District Attorney Steve Cornwell has made it official, he is seeking the Republican nomination to take on Congressman Anthony Brindisi next year.
Cornwell announced his candidacy before 100 supporters at the Holiday Inn Binghamton during a highly produced event featuring a recorded announcer introduction, music and videos of Old Glory flapping in the wind. Cornwell, who was elected DA in 2015, touted his successes in office from reducing the crime rate and battling the opioid epidemic to combating welfare fraud and adding 10 school resource officers to local schools. He’s calling the election a referendum on freedom and says he doesn’t worry about having the support of GOP party leadership.
Cornwell says, “I’ve always been an outsider, no sense hiding it. I am an outsider so I’m going to run grassroots, the way I believe you should run. Talk to as many people as I can. I’ll be hitting doors in an 8 county district, I can guarantee you that. I’ll be doing everything I can to build this campaign from the grassroots level and up.”
Cornwell says his priorities are to help the Upstate economy, stem the flow of migrants and drugs coming across the U-S Mexico border and to fight efforts to create Medicare For All. He says his wife is from the Rome area and he plans to spend a lot of time on weekends campaigning in the northern portion of the district. Cornwell’s term as District Attorney will end at the end of this year.