February 17th, 2009
06:21 PM ET
14 years ago

RNC bankrolls ad in New York special election

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/31/art.steelehands0131.gi.jpg caption="RNC chairman Michael Steele is hoping for a win in NY-20."](CNN) - Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele is following through on his pledge to pump cash into the special election race in New York’s 20th congressional district.

The RNC is spending $80,000 on a new television spot supporting GOP candidate Jim Tedisco, the New York assemblyman hoping to take back the seat for Republicans after Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand was appointed to the U.S. Senate.

A Republican win in the Northeast could boost party morale - and fundraising - as the GOP struggles to find its feet after last November’s losses.

Though the district traditionally leans Republican, Steele has attached serious symbolic importance to the seat. After traveling to New York to meet with state party officials last month, he called the race a “battle royale” and named the March 31 special election as a top priority before the focus turns to this fall’s gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey.

The Democrat in the race - venture capitalist Scott Murphy - went up with his first ad last week, but without the help of national party money.

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soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. sam

    It's strange (to me anyway), that the RepubliCAN'T Party uses diversity in a bad way. Case in point, they used John McCain (AGE), Sarah Palin (GENDER), and Michael Steele (RACE). They used these three people for the fall and demise of the GOP. How Sad!!

    February 17, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  2. Texas Teacher

    Steel is the token Black Guy that the GOP pulled out of the dregs of their party to try to offset Obama.... stupid tactic ... you know... I know Barack Obama... and this guy is NO Barack Obama!

    February 17, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  3. Jeff W.

    How disgraceful that Michael Steele backs a party that has been notoriously racist, sexist, homophobic and generally rejecting of anyone that isn't a fat, white male. Shame on you, Michael.

    February 17, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  4. aliou

    Republican party, the party of no!!!!

    Who wants to be part of that?

    No amount of cash can make americans forget the last few days of obstructionism.

    February 17, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  5. Otto

    Just one letter from the DNC will smash Steel Mike's arrogance. This is New York; can't you see how BLUE the State is? This is not South Carolina, we are not hilly billies, get that right!

    February 17, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  6. Proud American

    Idiot republicans loved throwing money down the drain. Remember Palin and her shopping sprees? Yes you paid for that too. Why don't you Morons just send the money to me at least I would put it to better use. Let's face it you Idiots are not going to win any election anytime soon in this country.

    February 17, 2009 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  7. Justin from New Haven, CT

    Wow when winning one house seat is a big deal win a Republican leaning district, you know the GOP is screwed.

    February 17, 2009 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  8. Listening to America

    wow. The Republicans are spending and wasting money!!

    I guess being desperate makes a party reckless.

    February 17, 2009 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  9. T

    Steele go back to your sister business / you gave thousand of dollars to. You are a big mess . All of your wicked deens will come to light.

    February 17, 2009 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  10. jaye

    So, the token republican leader is out to score a win for republicans in NY? This will surely fail.

    February 17, 2009 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  11. Obama 2012

    This man is the epitome of why black people are no respected no more than they are!!

    February 17, 2009 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  12. BJ

    You Democrats may not want to be too cockey just yet. Unless your living in a vacume, by now you should know that the majoority of Americans think the stimulus is a piece of crap that will do nothing for the economy, and are very disillusioned by the way your fearless leader pushed this through. If it doen't work (I believe it won't in time to save congress or Obama) the democrats will more than likely be run out of town on a rail. In the mean time the republcan parrty will be rebuilding itself and waiting for the opportunity to pounce.

    February 17, 2009 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  13. John

    GOP spending dollars on special elections?

    Re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

    February 17, 2009 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  14. Shelli

    This man is a dullard, first of all he is the Republican's TOKEN and he is shuffling his way along just like they want him to. This is sad and shamful. He thinks that he is the big cheese and he is not even cheese whiz. He has slapjacked himself world wide and people can see it crazy as it may seem he can't. This man thinks that he gained this position on his own merits and does not know that he was chosen because the President is Black and whites love to see black people go at each other and make themselves look really bad. I am suprised that he is not as smart as he thought he was.

    Shelli of New York City, NY

    February 17, 2009 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  15. C


    February 17, 2009 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  16. Jean

    She told you to veto that 700+ billion dollar bill.

    February 17, 2009 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  17. raagos


    February 17, 2009 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  18. Mberwa, NY

    oh no! y waste so much money... new yorkers are not that stupid.. I will be voting and I know many ppl who wouldnt vote for any republpig and that ad will back fire, just let it start airing..

    February 17, 2009 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
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