March 31st, 2009
11:10 AM ET
5 years ago

Last-minute Obama turnout plea in NY-20

This is not the first time the president has weighed in on the campaign.
This is not the first time the president has weighed in on the campaign.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama sent supporters a last-minute pitch Monday night to boost turnout in today's special congressional election in New York's 20th congressional district.

In an e-mail sent out via the Democratic National Committee's Organizing For America grassroots effort, the president urged the party's voters to head to the polls to vote for venture capitalist Scott Murphy. "I need you to go vote...It's going to be a very close race, and your vote could make all the difference," he wrote. Historically, turnout in such special contests is very low.

This is not the first time the president has weighed in on the campaign. Last week, his endorsement of Murphy was touted in a DNC-funded television ad in the district. Murphy is running against Republican Jim Tedisco in the election to fill the seat left vacant when Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand was appointed to fill the Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton.

In his Monday e-mail message, the president linked a Murphy victory to passage of the administration's agenda. "With Scott in Congress, we'll work together to bring about solutions to our economic challenges and create new jobs in Upstate New York and across the country."

Tedisco has looked to make Murphy's support for the president's stimulus plan a major issue in the closing days of the campaign - and Republicans, sensing a chance to gain back a seat that has traditionally been in GOP hands and take some momentum from the president, have poured resources into the New York assemblyman's candidacy.


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  1. Kevin in Ohio

    His turn out plea: "help me further consolidate one party rule in America."

    March 31, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  2. Anita

    So much for Bi-partisanship.

    Presidents should not be allowed to promote any candidate or party while they are in office.

    The President is supposed to be for ALL Americans....not just Democrats and not just Republicans.

    March 31, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  3. Mari

    @ Anita.......... then Bush was wrong to support the GOP candidates?

    March 31, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  4. Mike in MS

    Well said Anita and Kevin!

    March 31, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  5. johnny

    I wish Bush would STILL support the Republican candidates! (giggle).

    March 31, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  6. Panic At Tedisco

    Right. Like Bush never worked for GOP candidates. Like EVERY PRESIDENT doesn't work for the candidates of his party.

    If Tedisco loses, I think Michael Steele is a goner. Which is sad – he's great for Democrats.

    Go Scott Murphy!

    March 31, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  7. Wichita

    I hope that Tedisco wins!!

    March 31, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. frank , pennsylvania

    His turn out plea: "help me to serve this great nation well despite the destructive criticism from the GOP"

    March 31, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  9. khif

    If the GOP didn't try to keep us in the dark ages then Obama wouldn't have to try and get more people to pass his legislation.

    March 31, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  10. In Houston, TX

    Shout out to conservatives :)

    WHAT EVER!
    Yes there is bi partisanship, it's a two party system!
    Yes Obama is publicly endorsing the Democrat...HE IS A DEMOCRAT
    I AM A DEMOCRAT.
    We just got through with one party rule. They politicized the Dept. of Justice in order to defeat Dems around the nation. Do you remember what happened the election cycles that followed 9/11?
    Fear put the GOP in powe post 9-11. That party was in power for at least 6-7 years after that. GOP policies did not work very well. In fact, they were detrimental to the nation to the point that we decided to go in a completely opposite direction. * SIGH*
    Conservatives, you have had your turn. The GOP and conervative ideaologies have failed us all. Your party is killing itself. Yes there will be one party rule...again. this time we will prosper instead of decline. Our success will be your doom

    March 31, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  11. JA/TN

    don't flatter yourselves

    March 31, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  12. mark

    If the GOP is even close in NY the Democrats should be concerned.

    March 31, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  13. JF

    It rings of staggering hypocrisy to hear people on here complain about a President's active campaigning for his party's candidate's and consolidating one party rule when that was Bush/Rove's entire political modus operandi.

    March 31, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  14. Central FL

    Murphy seems the better choice, considering he would be the member of Congress to deliver for constituents beyond misguided obstructionism. The opposition has unfortunately shown little willingness to work with President Obama on new ideas needed for the issues we face going forward.

    March 31, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  15. katiec

    Our President tried very hard to get the politicians to unify for the good of our country. The republicans refused, putting their party, egos,
    outdated, unworkable, unacceptable ideas over our survival.
    They are hypocritical obstructionists and every one of them should
    be voted out of office as they are not doing the job they were
    elected to do.
    They do not give the American people any credit for intelligence and
    continue to self destruct with their unAmerican activities

    March 31, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  16. Trixy, MN

    You haters you are waiting for the president to say something so that you get a chance to critize him. Any president is free to support a candidate of their own party there is nothing wrong with that. What about if it was Bush supporting one of the the GOP candindates, will you say a thing. Get lost, you act like total failures. GO MURPHY, I support him even i dont know him, i hope he wins.

    March 31, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  17. John resident of 20th district

    I am a conservative and will vote later this evening. But there is not a chance in hell I will vote for a Republican. I also won't vote Democrat. Pelosi and Reed have eliminated any chance of that. I am voting for Sundwall the Libertarian. This country desperately needs a third party, one that represents Personal Freedom and smaller fiscally responsible government.

    This is traditionally a very Republican district but the past administration and the "No" Party antics have erased that edge.

    VOTE against Dems and Republicans!

    March 31, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  18. Chris ~ Albany, NY

    It's a red district and has been for decades. Although red, the district does have an independent streak. Hence Gillibrand winning the last two races. Although Gillibrand is almost a semi-republican with her strong support for the NRA's agenda. I hope Murphy wins but I won't be suprised if Tedisco takes it home.

    March 31, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  19. paul oregon

    dem. get out and vote !!!!!!!!!! if you dont want the GOP to turn the U.S. into a thrid world country!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 31, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  20. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    One more time – this will be the 435th member of the house. In other words, this election is much ado about nothing. The Reps will be either 78 or 79 seats behind the Dems depending on the outcome. The winner will crow for one news cycle, the loser will spin it as 'just what we expected but we were competitive' for one news cycle and absolutely nothing will change.

    March 31, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  21. Harold

    It is so sad to read ignorant comments. Never has a President taken office and all of a sudden ceases to be the leader and member of his poltical party. I guess when Bush was President he never campaign for relection as a Republican. It is no wonder the country is sinking. Folks just don't think, won't think or can't think.

    March 31, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  22. Mike in Albany NY

    Jim Tedisco has been a member of the NYS assembly for years. I remember seeing him speak at my daughter's high school more than 10 years ago. And he has done some good things. He should stay in NYS government. My vote is for Murphy.

    March 31, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  23. hildutus

    Whichever party loses will declare that the election is insignificant in the overall scheme of things. Whichever party wins will declare that this is a sure sign of its ascent to power and its overwhelming support from the state, the country, the world, and the universe.
    Tired of spin.

    March 31, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  24. S Callahan

    Has anyone seen the protests taking place in France regarding Catapillar......I say good for them.....the political powers of the world are trying so hard to manipulate the masses and the masses aren't standing for it. We are behind you at Catapillar!

    AS for National intervention in a LOCAL election..shame on them...
    We , yes we, will go with the one who will represent OUR interest!

    March 31, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  25. S Callahan

    Uh..John...Sudwell was removed from the ticket (claims he didn't have 'enough' valid signatures..though he had over 6000

    March 31, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
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