April 6th, 2009
11:00 AM ET
5 years ago

Former Congressman has second DWI arrest

(CNN) – Former New York Rep. John Sweeney was arrested early Sunday morning on his second DWI incident in 17 months after refusing to take field sobriety tests, the Saratoga County District Attorney's office confirms to CNN.

"We will treat this prosecution like any other felony DWI case," District Attorney James Murphy said in a statement provided to CNN. "We are fortunate that his alleged conduct did not result in death or serious physical injury to himself or any one else."

In 2007, Sweeney pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor DWI charge, Murphy also said in the statement.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand defeated Sweeney in 2006 when he sought re-election to represent New York's 20th Congressional District. Gillibrand was recently named by New York Gov. David Paterson to replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the U.S. Senate. The race to replace Gillibrand resulted in a virtual tie and is not likely to be determined until absentee ballots are counted and a possible recount takes place.


Filed under: NY-20
April 1st, 2009
06:30 PM ET
5 years ago

Tedisco, Murphy both confident about a win in NY-20

WASHINGTON (CNN) – As election day closes without a winner in New York's 20th congressional district, each of the candidates sounded an optimistic tone that he would come out on top after all the votes are counted.

Democrat Scott Murphy currently leads Republican Jim Tedisco by 25 votes, but the results don't include absentee ballots. Murphy said that because he was able to close a 20-point deficit in the polls in recent weeks, that he thinks that his momentum will carry him through.

"We just think we're going to have the same kind of results we had with the absentees that we had with all the rest of the ballots," Murphy said at Poopie's Diner in Glens Falls, New York on Wednesday. "We're ahead after the regular count, there's been a lot of votes counted already, we think we'll be ahead after the absentees."

But Tedisco said that because the tally so far doesn't include military voters, who tend to lean Republican, the remaining ballots will push him over the edge.

"When we finish those counts, we believe we'll be off to Congress and we couldn't be more excited to represent this outstanding group of constituents," Tedisco said at a press conference on Wednesday.


Filed under: Jim Tedisco • NY-20 • Scott Murphy
April 1st, 2009
03:11 PM ET
5 years ago

NY-20: Unofficial Election Night Results

(CNN) – Democrat Scott Murphy leads Republican Jim Tedisco by 25 votes in Tuesday's special election for New York's 20th congressional district, according to unofficial election night returns.

These results do no include absentee ballots, which must be received by April 7 for domestic voters and by April 13 for overseas and military voters.

The latest unofficial county-by-county totals from are available below.

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Filed under: NY-20
April 1st, 2009
01:50 PM ET
5 years ago

Only 25 votes separate candidates in deadlocked election

After the votes were counted last night, Democrat Scott Murphy led Republican Jim Tedisco by around five dozen votes out of more than 150,000 votes cast.
After the votes were counted last night, Democrat Scott Murphy led Republican Jim Tedisco by around five dozen votes out of more than 150,000 votes cast.

(CNN) - There's no winner yet in Tuesday's special election to fill the vacant seat in New York's 20th congressional district, and both Democrats and Republicans are trying to simultaneously project confidence - and lower expectations.

As of Wednesday afternoon, according to unofficial election results, Democrat Scott Murphy led Republican Jim Tedisco by 25 votes out of more than 150,000 votes cast.

There are still 10,000 absentee ballots to be counted, only 6,000 of which have been sent back to the board. Officials at the New York State Board of Elections say that local absentee ballots have until April 7 to be sent in, and military or overseas ballots have until April 13. It could take up to two weeks for a winner in the contest to be announced.

The Missouri-born Murphy, 39, is a millionaire venture capitalist. Jim Tedisco, 58, is a longtime New York state lawmaker and ranking Republican in the State Assembly. They're running to replace Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand, who gave up her House seat after New York Gov. David Paterson appointed her to Hillary Clinton's former Senate seat.

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Filed under: NY-20
April 1st, 2009
10:30 AM ET
5 years ago

Boehner predicts eventual GOP win in NY special election

House GOP Leader John Boehner predicted Wednesday that Republican Jim Tedisco would prevail after all the absentee ballots are counted.
House GOP Leader John Boehner predicted Wednesday that Republican Jim Tedisco would prevail after all the absentee ballots are counted.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – House GOP Leader John Boehner predicted Wednesday that Republican Jim Tedisco, who is essentially locked in a dead heat in a special election for a House seat in upstate New York, would prevail after all the absentee ballots are counted.

"When all the ballots are counted, I'll be proud to escort Jim Tedisco down the center aisle of the House to be sworn in as our newest member," Boehner told reporters Wednesday morning.

After the votes were counted last night, Democrat Scott Murphy held an advantage of roughly five dozen votes over Tedisco, with thousands of absentee ballots had yet to be counted.

Murphy has not yet claimed victory in the race.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, predicted Murphy would edge out Tedisco. "From 21 points down to securing a majority of the vote tonight, congratulations to Scott Murphy who ran an extraordinary campaign focused on his record as a successful businessman who helped to create jobs and his strong support for President Obama's economic recovery act," he said. "As votes continue to be counted, we're confident that Scott Murphy will expand his lead."

The special election was held to fill the vacant congressional seat of Kirstin Gillibrand, who was appointed to rpace Hillary Clinton in the Senate.


Filed under: NY-20
April 1st, 2009
05:03 AM ET
5 years ago

N.Y. House Race not yet decided

New York (CNN) – The special election for an empty Congressional seat in upstate New York has now turned into a dead heat with only a few votes separating the candidates on Tuesday night.

The race to fill the vacant House of Representative seat of democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will be a close call.

When the final numbers were reported from all 610 precincts in the 20th Congressional District in upstate New York, Democrat Scott Murphy led his rival, Assemblyman Jim Tedisco, a Republican, with just 65 votes. In all Murphy had 77,344 votes and Tedisco had 77, 279 votes.

"No one has claimed victory," said John Conklin Director of Information for the New York State Board of Elections. There are still 10,000 absentee ballots to be counted and only 6,000 have been sent back to the board. He explained the local absentee ballots have until April 7th to be sent in and military or overseas ballots have until April 13th to be sent in.

According to Conklin late Tuesday night Republicans filed a lawsuit to have all of the absentee ballots impounded.

It could take up to 2 weeks for a winner to be announced.

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Filed under: NY-20
March 31st, 2009
01:15 PM ET
5 years ago

Boehner lowers expectations for NY-20

Boehner called the congressional seat in New York's 20th district 'a Democrat seat.'
Boehner called the congressional seat in New York's 20th district 'a Democrat seat.'

WASHINGTON (CNN) - As the special election got underway in New York's traditionally-Republican 20th congressional district, House Minority Leader John Boehner seemed to downplay his party's chances of reclaiming what he called a "Democrat seat."

GOP state assemblyman Jim Tedisco once held a comfortable lead over Democratic candidate Scott Murphy, but the race has tightened in recent weeks, and both national parties have poured resources into the contest. In the race's closing days, Tedisco's campaign was sharply critical of Murphy's support President Obama's stimulus plan, but Boehner told reporters Tuesday the district's vote should not be seen as a referendum on Republican policies in Washington.

"It is going to be a very close election, but it's between those two candidates up in New York. I hope Jim Tedisco wins," he said - but, he added, "it is a Democrat seat. President Obama won this seat during the presidential election last fall."


Filed under: John Boehner • NY-20
March 27th, 2009
03:21 PM ET
5 years ago

NRCC launches ad targeting Murphy over 9/11

The National Republican Congressional Committee launched a web ad Friday targeting Democratic candidate Scott Murphy, invoking 9/11 to hammer him over his position on the death penalty.
The National Republican Congressional Committee launched a web ad Friday targeting Democratic candidate Scott Murphy, invoking 9/11 to hammer him over his position on the death penalty.

(CNN) - Just days before the special election for a seat in New York's 20th congressional district, the National Republican Congressional Committee launched a web ad Friday targeting Democratic candidate Scott Murphy, invoking 9/11 to hammer him over his position on the death penalty.

In the 60 second spot titled "National Tragedy," the NRCC highlights Murphy's opposition to the death penalty for the plotters of the September 11 terror attack.

The video presents a segment from the "Fred Dicker Show" where Murphy defended his position opposing the death penalty in all cases, while images of the 9/11 attackers flash on screen.

"I think that we so often deal with cases where the evidence may not be totally conclusive and we can't prove for beyond any shadow of a doubt," Murphy recently said on the show. "I think that the cost is just not accurate for it. It's so much more costly than putting someone away. It's a big expense."

"So you're against the death penalty for terrorists," Dicker asks.

"Yeah," Murphy says as the ad closes.

Voters in the special election to replace Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand go to the polls on Tuesday.


Filed under: NRCC • NY-20 • Scott Murphy
March 12th, 2009
09:40 AM ET
5 years ago

New RNC spending in NY-20 as poll shows warning signs for GOP

RNC chairman Michael Steele is hoping for a win in NY-20.
RNC chairman Michael Steele is hoping for a win in NY-20.

(CNN) – The Republican National Committee said Thursday it is pumping more cash into the March 31 special election contest in New York’s 20th congressional district, transferring $100,000 to the New York State Republican Committee, as a new poll shows sliding support for the GOP candidate in that race.

“The RNC is proud to make an investment in our state parties and hard working grassroots," RNC Chairman Michael Steele said in a statement. "These funds will be used to show our commitment to re-establishing a strong GOP presence in the Northeast. Our party is devoting the energy and resources necessary to win the special election in New York’s 20th Congressional district.”

The new spending comes as a Siena poll released Thursday suggests GOP New York assemblyman Jim Tedisco's lead over Democratic venture capitalist Scott Murphy has plummeted by two-thirds over the past two weeks, to just 4 points, despite the district's traditionally Republican bent.

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Filed under: NY-20 • RNC