The Democratic candidate for New York’s 23rd Congressional District admitted to dropping her support of a national gun registry at a campaign event in Seneca County earlier this month.
Tracy Mitrano, who is running against Republican Congressman Tom Reed, said she had supported the registration of all guns and licensing of gun users during her primary campaign but claimed it was not her official position during a voter forum on Aug. 18 in Waterloo, N.Y. She blamed her inexperience at speaking on camera for the discrepancy and claimed she had only made comments supporting a national gun registry at one event.
“It is true that in Seneca Falls last spring I said in an emphatic moment we must register all guns and license all gun users,” Mitrano told attendees at Seneca County SCOPE‘s “Meet the Candidates” event, video excerpts posted on YouTube show. “I walked away and went, ‘Oh my God, Tracy. What did you just do?’ That is not my official position but because Mr. Weinstein records everything that I say, I would be a fool to deny it. But that is not my position. And, honestly, if you had to be held to every single thing you ever said in your life because you’re not accustomed to being filmed every time you step out into public I think you should allow for consideration and thought about it.”