March 30th, 2009
02:11 PM ET
6 years ago

NY Democrat uses Palin, Limbaugh to rally supporters

Democratic candidate Scott Murphy is using controversial Republican figures to get voters to come out to the polls on Tuesday.
Democratic candidate Scott Murphy is using controversial Republican figures to get voters to come out to the polls on Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – In the final hours before the special election to fill the congressional seat in New York's 20th district, Democratic candidate Scott Murphy is using controversial Republican figures to get voters to come out to the polls on Tuesday.

Murphy's campaign has sent out a last-minute mailer featuring pictures of Rush Limbaugh, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former President George W. Bush.

"Upstate New York can have a congressman who works for them," the front of the mailer said, with arrows pointing to Limbaugh, Palin and Bush. "Or one who works for you."

"Republicans want to stop President Obama. On Tuesday, you can help stop them," the mailer said above a picture of Murphy.

The special election on Tuesday to fill Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's vacant congressional seat pits Murphy against Republican Jim Tedisco. Tedisco once held a comfortable lead in the conservative district, but the latest polls show Murphy closing in on his challenger.


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soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. Ranjit

    In the other side, don't you think conservatives will be motivated in big numbers for Rush and palin? Also, with all those things happening with Obama's administration, there will be huge turn out of conservatives.

    March 30, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  2. PATC

    A good point was made on this is it went to Party loyalists. In special elections you do it by rallying the base ie the excellent job Sarah did in Georgia (remember how that close election turned out). Special elections are about rallying the base not what works in General Elections.

    March 30, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  3. Barbara Campbell

    Limbaugh and Palin appeal only to a shrinking segment of conservatives, but a segment that's fighting desperately to control the Republican party.

    Scott Murphy's ad is right on!

    March 30, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  4. Brian Crooks

    March 30th, 2009 4:55 pm ET

    In the other side, don't you think conservatives will be motivated in big numbers for Rush and palin? Also, with all those things happening with Obama's administration, there will be huge turn out of conservatives.
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    This is a targeted mailing for party loyalists, not all voters. Plus, the Rush Limbaugh conservatives are already motivated. They do whatever Rush says. If he says vote, they'll vote. If he says don't, they won't. Before they voted, they would have to call the show and ask if it was ok.

    March 30, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  5. tom

    jim-really palin/limbaugh 2012-lol lol dumb and big mouth dumb!!!we dont need anymore farright crazies destroying america..we are finally getting better with all the godd obama is doing and given the next 8 years he is in office we willbe great again.

    March 30, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  6. Lori

    @Inat: And what exactly are the ideas of the Republicans? I am still waiting for the figures on their Economic Recovery Blueprint coloring book they released last week. Give me a break!

    @ Ranjit: President Obama's administration so-called 'problems' are minute in comparison to what the Bush's corrupt administration did (ie, SHOWING FALSE INTELLIGENCE TO THE U.N IN ORDER TO WAGE WAR IN A DIFFERENT COUNTRY- IRAQ to name a few.)

    March 30, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  7. Rob

    Yes, because Obama's just done so much. Look at the stock market, or maybe Hamas enjoying the gift John "medals" Kerry gave them, or the economy that our children's children will be paying off. Sure, we oughta get as many people in there helping Obama to destroy this country as quickly as possible.

    March 30, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  8. Tony

    Is he not strong enough to run on his OWN name???????

    March 30, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  9. NVESTED

    I keep hearing the policies of the last 8 years. What policies are we talking about? Lowing taxes did not cause this, but it can be traced back to Dems in the House and Senate. It is also interesting to hear Dems from Mich. talk about economic policies. From a state that has been run and controlled by Dems for 30 years how are those policies working out for you?

    March 30, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
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