February 17th, 2009
06:21 PM ET
13 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. Trent

    What a mess the Republican Party has become.

    February 17, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  2. chuck


    February 17, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  3. Lisa

    Money CAN buy happiness. . .at least the Republicans think so.

    February 17, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  4. Marcie

    I smell another Republican dirty ad coming. . . . . whew!

    February 17, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  5. Griff

    Where did the word "Dollar" come from, America... You better remmember it in History for the Kids... As for today, it has a very short life..

    February 17, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  6. TOM

    $80,000.00 can buy alot of lies.

    February 17, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  7. S Callahan

    If you really wanted this seat you should have had FASO....
    well, this area certainly could use some more cash...Bruno can't do too much right now.

    February 17, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  8. Seth

    Stupid Republicans...........getting ready to dish up more hatred.

    February 17, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  9. Griff

    So I say it again???? Where did the word "Dollar" fome from?
    It's not American.... And it won't be much longer...Thanks to Barack Obama...

    February 17, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  10. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    wonder if he got Rush's permission first?

    February 17, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  11. EZ

    RNC Chairman – I strongly suggest you save every penny you've got buddy, because your party is going to need it come 2010 and 2012 and then some.

    When President Obama's Administration proves just how incompetent your party has been for 8 LONG years and how "out of touch" the RNC continues to be by IGNORING the voices of millions of voters, your party will be FINITO......KA-put,, DONE....

    February 17, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  12. HelloooOOOOO

    gee, reminds me of the "mafia" wars...N Y versus Ill...may the smartest state win...

    February 17, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  13. Cynthia - Arkansas

    Good luck to you on that. "Making work, not a job" Steele is clueless. I loved the Saturday Night Live skit last week, where the Republicans really thought they were doing great with their Party of "No" and their Taliban jihad bull. It would be funny, if it wasn't so pathetic.

    I really wish all those who gave President Obama the "big, fat goose egg" they were so proud of, would not take any of the stimulas package. They could go home and explain to their voters how smart they are.

    February 17, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  14. Carol

    They are wasting their money.

    February 17, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  15. Vicki5

    They are putting money into their own funerals then, which is fine by me.

    February 17, 2009 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  16. Scott L

    Steele is going to fix up the RNC big time. I was an independent but after these liberal slimeballs have spent $700billion dollars are marsh mice and contraception I am now creeping back to the right big time.

    February 17, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  17. Giggle

    Delusional bunch, uuummm ???

    Sorry I am not going down on this ship !


    ex repub.

    February 17, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  18. Obama-Wannabe

    Michael Steele is an idiot–bankroll that.

    February 17, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  19. Ellie

    Steele is quoted as saying.... "A Republican win in the Northeast would boost morale in the party".....

    You're party is a DAY LATE and a couple of BILLION dollars short buddy.
    ALL the money is the world is NOT going to change the "delusions" of your party. How much longer is the RNC and GOP going to live in the Reagan years. I mean, aren't we suppose to be moving forward?

    I'm not pitching a horse-driven wagon anytime soon Steele. Those cowboy days are long gone.

    February 17, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  20. Yuck = GOP

    I have faith in New Yorkers, they know carpetbeggars when they see them. The party of the 7th Worst President Ever will not get far in the Big Apple, trust me.

    February 17, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  21. C.S.A republicans

    No ones listening to you uncle mike or your loser party.

    February 17, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  22. Brad of IL.

    Michael Steele will not listen to or drink that Obama piss you call kool-aid. When 2010 rolls around and Obama rating's drop drastically (and they will for this nut job do nothing President) it will be very easy for the GOP

    February 17, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  23. Peter (CA)

    If Mr. Steele's idea is to bring in more obstructionists to further send this country to ruin, I hope he fails.

    Hey, guess Rush is good for a quote.

    February 17, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  24. Simmy

    Some grand standing that is. Supporting a candidate in a district that will probably vote Repub. anyway. You'll need that vote, and quite a few more in the House. By the way, that would not be a "battle royale." Someone is really camped out in the state of denial.

    February 17, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  25. Ruth

    Go ahead~! Waste you money!

    February 17, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
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