March 20th, 2009
10:30 AM ET
6 years ago

Thompson talks up importance of NY 20 race

Fred Thompson, a former Tennessee senator and presidential candidate, asks supporters in his e-mail to donate to Jim Tedisco and solicits contributions to his PAC.
Fred Thompson, a former Tennessee senator and presidential candidate, asks supporters in his e-mail to donate to Jim Tedisco and solicits contributions to his PAC.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Presidential candidate Fred Thompson told supporters Friday that a Republican victory in an upcoming congressional election in New York is the spark conservatives need to help stage a strong defense to oppose Democratic policy goals.

“If Jim Tedisco wins this seat, it will be a very public repudiation,” of the Democratic Party, Thompson said in an e-mail to supporters of his political action committee. “A Tedisco victory will start the process of building an effective opposition to the Obama-Pelosi agenda, and send a clear message: conservatives aren’t going to let the extremist left in Washington strip us of our rights and freedoms.”

Tedisco is the Republican candidate in the March 31 special election to fill the remaining 20 months of Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand’s term. Gillibrand, a Democrat, was appointed to the Senate earlier this year when Sen. Hillary Clinton was confirmed to be Secretary of State.  Scott Murphy is the Democratic candidate in this election.

Thompson, a former Tennessee senator and presidential candidate, asks supporters in his e-mail to donate to Tedisco and solicits contributions to his PAC. He is best known, perhaps, for his work as an actor in movies and on the television show Law and Order.


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soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Brian Crooks

    They finally woke up Fred Thompson?

    March 20, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  2. dg

    We don't need any more Republicans in any state or in Washington. We have had enough of them to last a lifetime. We need to continue to get rid of the ones we still have. So you folks get out there on election day and vote Democratic.

    March 20, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  3. Dave in NYC

    Fred old boy, don't you think its a bit early for a "public repudiation" of Democratic policies, when the country has only just repudiated the last 8 years of Republican rule? What about the last 8 years do you think the public wants to repeat, Mr. Thompson?

    Republicans need new ideas before they'll get ANYONE's vote again!

    March 20, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  4. Wolf-Woman Palin Charlotte, NC

    So there is Fred. I thought he had been captured by Russians that had slipped through Alaska.

    March 20, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    He needs to stick to acting and stop acting like a politician.

    March 20, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  6. Get Well Soon GOP

    Fred Thompson really stunk up his bid for office. How can he think anyone will take his advice. Go back to Hollywood Fred where you play an elected official better then you could ever be.

    March 20, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  7. Ghost

    I'd be willing to bet this is one actor the RNC likes. Guess it just depends on what the actor is talking about.

    March 20, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  8. Sniffit

    That's just a robot...the real Fred Thompson died 20 years ago.

    March 20, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  9. Beverly, NYC

    Isn't Tedisco trying to run away from the Republican brand? His ads don't mention the Republican party, now you've gone and reminded everyone, thanks big mouth.

    March 20, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  10. AnnMM

    Hey Freddie grasping at any straws lately?

    March 20, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  11. PJP

    dg March 20th, 2009 11:00 am ET

    We don't need any more Republicans in any state or in Washington. We have had enough of them to last a lifetime. We need to continue to get rid of the ones we still have. So you folks get out there on election day and vote Democratic
    _____________________________________________________
    NO!!!!!!!!!! Them DEMS come and mess everything up then the REPS come along and try to fix things and it's getting harder and harder to fix the DEMS mistakes. that's why Bush could not fix things! The end times are here so be on the lookout and be ready, your redemption draweth nigh!!!!

    March 20, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  12. Freed_From_W

    Did he not see how the last angry grandpa fared in the election?

    March 20, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  13. important for who?

    I personally will be happy if the GOP folds before this year is over

    March 20, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  14. j

    Im siting in a library in this very district and ive seen dozens of Tedisco commercials over the last few weeks. This area is one of the most conservative in NY and is filled with rednecks and farm folk. That plus considering the amount of money the Republicans are funneling into this election and the fact that most dem's couldn't care less because they have already won the election cycle and to them one more house seat dose not matter at all, the fact that the two are pretty much tied up is a complete failure for Tedisco and the Republican party. This is nothing but the complete collapse of the republican party when they are spending on millions on a house seat which can not make any difference at all. Simply poor allocation of resources

    March 20, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  15. alvino

    What does Foghorn Leghorn mean by having his rights and freedoms stripped by the left? When, under Bush and repubs, our citizens were be detained and not afforded a speedy trial, our troops and citizens were subjected to wire taps for no reason, our citizens were ignored in the aftermath of Katrina, and the list goes on.

    I hope this conservative congressional district stays democrat.

    March 20, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  16. Get Well Soon GOP

    Bush could not fix things! Thats rich. Everything Bush touched turned to mush. What was he trying to fix? He attached the wrong country, completmented FEMA for the work they did in New Orleans, drove the economy in the wrong direction. Its good he only had 8 years or we would have been done for by the time he was finished. And Fred, talk about a limp bid for POTUS.

    March 20, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  17. Veteran in Kansas

    Whats Fred doing here, couldn't he get his day job back. Proved before that he had nothing say that was not scripted by someone with more knowledge than he posses.

    March 20, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  18. rob

    yeah–lets bring back the good ole Bush years–NOT–this man is a dinosaur. He needs to retire if you can't say anything relevant

    March 20, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  19. rob

    to PJP–The end times were the Bush years....we're now in recovery from evil

    March 20, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  20. alvino

    PJP-

    Time for a reality check. Things were fixed, and then we elected a republican president, house, and senate. Look at the mess Obama inherited. You cannot make chicken salad out of chicken s@#t!

    March 20, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  21. Walter

    Go Fred!

    March 20, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  22. lovable liberal

    The extremist right thinks everyone right of Bill O'Reilly is the extremist left. It's amazing how detached from reality ole Fred is.

    March 20, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  23. Dean

    Why doesn't the GOP just crawl off into some cave for the next four years and get their act together.

    March 20, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  24. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    Hey a shout out to my neighbors in the 20th district, if you truly want conservitive representation than vote for Eric Sundwall on the Libertarian Line. Eric has lived his entire life in the 20th district, he is not someone picked by an Washington insider or Fred Thompson.

    March 20, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  25. Robert

    When will these stupid Republicans catch on they lost the elections and will continue to lose for many years because thys don't have a clue. Intelligent people understand THEM – THEY don't understand people are intelligent. Go home and shut up Fred- You and your colleagues have NOTHING to offer that anyone with IQ above 10 wants to hear!

    March 20, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
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