March 17th, 2009
03:04 PM ET
6 years ago

RNC sends more cash to NY 20

As the race in New York’s 20th congressional district continues to tighten, the Republican National Committee is sending another $100,000 to the state party in New York.
As the race in New York’s 20th congressional district continues to tighten, the Republican National Committee is sending another $100,000 to the state party in New York.

(CNN) - As the race in New York’s 20th congressional district continues to tighten, the Republican National Committee is sending another $100,000 to the state party in New York - the second time in less than a week it’s spent that sum on the special election contest there.

The move comes a day after GOP New York assemblyman Jim Tedisco, running for Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s former congressional seat, told reporters he would have voted against the stimulus bill.

Questions over Tedisco's position - he had earlier suggested he would have supported a modified version of the legislation - had dogged the candidate for days.

Last Thursday, the RNC announced the transfer of $100,000 to the New York State Republican Committee, as fresh numbers showed a vanishing advantage for Tedisco in the March 31 special election.

A Siena poll released the same day suggested his lead over Democratic venture capitalist Scott Murphy had plummeted by two-thirds over the past two weeks, to just 4 points, despite the district's traditionally Republican bent.

Murphy recently won the backing of the Independence Party — the first time a Democrat in that district has won the right to run on that party's line as well — and his surge in the poll came on the strength of a boost in support from independent voters.

RNC Chairman Michael Steele has attached serious symbolic importance the race's result. After traveling to New York to meet with state party officials in January, he called the race a “battle royale” and named it a top priority for the party before the focus turns to this fall’s gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey.


Filed under: Jim Tedisco • Kirsten Gillibrand • RNC
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  1. Texas Teacher

    If We, the People, are smart enough to elect Obama overwhelmingly and still have his approval ratings better than any president in our time, then we are smart enough not to be fooled by the republican rhetoric that is busy blaming Obama for everything that BUSH's Administration did instead of working to solve this mess their party created! Run on Sentence! *shrug*

    But I am so sick of hearing the Republican stance on the present financial melt down. It is pretty darned hypocritical knowing that THEY are responsible for this mess! I think they need to come up with some viable solutions to place on the table instead of playing the blame game! Especially when they are the ones to be blamed!

    March 17, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  2. ines

    Republican Strategy: Don't worry about representing the people how they want to be represented, just blanket their airwaves with ads. They'll fall for it. Once in, Good 'ole boy politics as usual.

    March 17, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
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