March 27th, 2009
11:16 AM ET
6 years ago

DNC goes up with ad in NY 20

 The DNC is launching an ad in the NY 20 race.
The DNC is launching an ad in the NY 20 race.

(CNN) – The Democratic National Committee is weighing into the special election race in New York's 20th district, launching an ad Friday highlighting President Obama's recent endorsement of Democrat Scott Murphy.

"In the worst recession in a generation, upstate New Yorkers deserve someone with the right skills to represent them in Washington," says the ad's announcer. "That's why President Obama is supporting Scott Murphy for Congress.

The 30 second spot comes two days after the president penned an e-mail to New York Democrats explicitly endorsing Murphy, who is seeking the seat vacated by Kirsten Gillibrand when she was appointed to the U.S. Senate in January.

The DNC also donated $5,000 to Murphy's campaign, the legal maximum the committee can transfer.
Murphy's Republican opponent is New York Assemblyman Jim Tedisco. The special election is scheduled for next Tuesday. Though the Democratic and Republican campaign committees in the House of Representatives have pumped


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soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. paul oregon

    sarah seems to have lots of time shes not doing much in the state of alaska right now no special meeting or anything. im sure she would be happy to have a pep rally in NY. people get out and vote .
    arent the repub. a barrel of laughs.

    March 27, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  2. Marc T

    I guess the lunch-crowd commenters are mostly Republican. Notice the oft-repeated one-liners that didn't work during the election and mean even less now.

    We have an interesting political atmosphere... no one is listening, everyone is deeply entrenched in their position, and it won't matter what Obama does or says, the support or lack of support will be the same.

    Maybe its the medium we're using... the "sound-bite" mentality, but I don't see very many saying: "I don't agree with the overall diection, but you make a good point here!"... No way. Not here. Not now. Change is hard.

    March 27, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  3. Sam Sixpack

    China love us - long time.

    March 27, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. Scott the Independent

    I don't know where this new DNC came from but in the last 3 years they have been a machine of accomplishment and purpose. Thank you Howard Dean.

    March 27, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  5. Laverne

    One conclusion I have come to is that President Obama must be going in the right direction because the opposition is so great from the right. When the right start agreeing with everything the president say and do, then we will have a problem. Give 'em hell president, and you all know that Obama endorsing Murphy is a whole hell of a lot better than anyone from the republican side can offer Tedisco!

    March 27, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  6. Jack-NY

    I wish murphy wins!

    March 27, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    @ MIssissippi MIke, who said "It's a good thing our campaigner in chief has nothing better to do than help Democrats get elected in rural House districts."

    Pretending that the one thing Obama is doing that is discussed in an article about that one thing Obama is doing is the only thing Obama is doing...that's a 100% ineffective way to convince people he's ineffective. Kapiche? But hey, it's a free country...you can live in LaLa Land if you want to.

    March 27, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  8. beth

    Ahhh – if only you knew of what you speak. Yes, Murphy is from out of state – but from a small town, and has the same small town values most of the people I know in this region have. He is not a "yes" man to anyone, and has a clear mind for business – and is a fiscal conservative. A Blue Dog if you will.

    He is the most energetic new face we have seen in these parts in a long time and is not part of either the long time NY legislative arena (which would be really disgusting since it's the most disfunctional in the country), nor does he have any tax skeletons as so many people are conjecturing here,

    I got to sit in on his selection as the candidate for the Democratic party in this district and came out relieved that we had someone I could actually believe in.

    So, with the RNC declaring at the outset that they made winning this traditionally Rep seat back, and the DCCC taking their time making up their mind, you have a lot of outside voices weighing in.

    In my mind it's simple, though. A 27 yr Albany insider with no business experience and who's home town has little to show for his representing them (anyone been to Schenectady lately?) or someone who has the real business mind and value system that many folks in this district have.

    So – ignore the national voices since they know nothing about the region or really even about the candidates.

    March 27, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  9. B

    obama could be endorsing bin laden and people would follow him right along and vote for him. People, one day you're going to find out the kool-aid is spiked.

    March 27, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  10. Rob in Detroit Mi.

    This is the juice the Prez has a month ago MR. murphy was down. now thanks to the president MR. murphy is up.

    take that Republican's.

    March 27, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  11. Jimbo - st. louis

    With any luck the people have awakened from their LA LA Dream and ready to vote for an honest and patriotic person to help keep a balance.

    Tedisco is your man!!!

    March 27, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  12. Get rid of Pelosi

    America never ever have awful and poor job of the Speaker of House in my life. I've lived in NY and NJ for a long time. Now it's time for New York have to be born again. The following Democratic craps have been contaminated New York & New Jersey in terms of political, economic and morally.
    Cohen (D-NJ Rep.-Porn with child at office)
    David Paterson(D-NY Gov. took cocaine,had affairs 3 times, Nothing to do Gov. about Wall St. in Manhattan)
    Jim McGreevey(D-NJ Gov.married affair w/gay)
    Eilot Spilzer(D-NY Gov.to buy prostitution)
    Charles Rangel (D-Rep NY, Tax Fraud, my district, Pelosi's still standed with this blunder.)

    GO Jim Tedisco IN 2010

    March 27, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
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