(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