JAMESTOWN – The Democrat candidate for Chautauqua County’s State Assembly seat is speaking out after she says she received threats of violence online.
Christina Cardinale tells WNYNewsNow since launching her campaign she has received threats surrounding her supposed second amendment stance.
“There seems to be a misunderstanding. I’ve received threats from individuals who are pro-second amendment,” says Cardinale. “I am also pro-second amendment. I grew up in a pro-gun household, with a parent who is an avid hunter. I was taught the necessary skills and knowledge for gun-ownership at a very young age.”
Cardinale says her affiliation with the Democratic party has led to misinformation. She is now requesting patience and understanding from the community.
“I identify as an independent Democrat. That may sound odd at first, but, ideologies are so divided right now, that’s the best way I can define myself,” furthered Cardinale. “I like to think independently. I don’t follow any politician blindly. I won’t base my decisions on partisanship. I’m interested in Chautauqua County’s best interest, not taking sides.”
She added that some of the threatening messages contained references to socialism or politicians who identify as Democratic Socialists of America. Cardinale says that she is sad people jump to conclusions based on her political affiliation.
“I think some assumptions are being made. I’m being compared to other political figures in the Democratic party,” said Cardinale. “I’m happy to ease the concerns of the community. I’m pro-gun. I’m not a socialist. I’m not going to infringe on the rights of Americans. I’m on your side. I’m not the enemy.”
Cardinale called for peace among community members, stressing the importance of working together.
“I want to work together and move Chautauqua County forward,” said Cardinale. “I politically challenge my opponent because I truly believe he has harmed our community for far too long. That’s the only challenge I’m interested in.”
Cardinale said she has since sought advice from local law enforcement on how to react to the threats.
She is running against incumbent Republican Assemblyman Andy Goodell in the fall general election.