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. Independent

    Money used to help American citizens in need is considered by the Republicans as wasteful spending but they are more than willing to pump great sums of money to their campaign. Makes you wonder???

    February 17, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  2. Kaye -Jacksonville FL

    This should be fun to watch – let's hope the Republicans get yet another butt-whoop.

    February 17, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  3. virginia for obama

    Brad in IL,
    you're wrong! Obama is not a do nothing president. You may not like what he does, but do nothing not by a long shot.

    Personally! I impressed with his efforts.

    February 17, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  4. jdp

    It doesn't matter... Once again, this article is just adding to the complete insignificance of the Republican party.

    February 17, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  5. Mel of Alexandria, Virginia

    Is Steele, like the rest of the GOP, taking his marching orders from Rush? Please do not allow him to lead you into a trap, Mr. Steele, because you will be blamed for the total collapse of the party.

    February 17, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  6. Angie

    rnc chairman and the entire gop thinks that will get them elected? WRONG!!!! THEY ARE STILL A BUNCH OF LOSERS!!!!

    February 17, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  7. Chill Pill For Brad Please

    @ Brad of IL

    Gee Brad, get out much? You sound like a pscho. That's what happens when you follow losers like George-7th-Worst-President-Ever-Bush. Your insides get all churned up and you don't know your head from your rear. Chill Brad, you'll survive, GW is gone, thank goodness.

    February 17, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  8. Mel of Alexandria, Virginia

    Is Mr.Steele, like the rest of the GOP, taking his marching orders from Rush? Please do not allow him to lead you into a trap, Mr. Steele, because you will be blamed for the total collapse of the party. And when that loud mouth gets going you will be toast.

    February 17, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  9. vamp123

    This dude needs to stop thinking he's the RNC's answer to Obama. He behaves like Rush and Hannity, talks like he just stepped off of Foxnews, and looks like he was on Wall Street as they were screwing the american public.
    Dear Joe American Public, please pay no attention to repukes. they screwed you once (rather more than once) now they want to endorse another repuke to represent NY, I don't think so.
    Dear RNC, go crawl into the cave you sent many many people in the past 8 years of HELL!

    February 17, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  10. John in KY

    Republican Party is so "TOKEN" trying to catch up to the party that tore them down it's LAUGHABLE!

    February 17, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  11. Soldier 4 OBAMA

    The Democrats will keep Virginia and New Jersey, all their candidate need is a Presidential and Vice President campaign strength. The GOP have Rudy, Romney and McCain. OBAMA, OBAMA, OBAMA, STAY THE COURSE CHANGE cannot happen with the GOP keep the EAST BLUE!

    February 17, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  12. Obama 2.0

    What are the running on ? Reaching across the isle, HA fi$cal con$ervative, HA save your money you will need it.

    February 17, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  13. Staunch Democrat

    Brad in Il,

    If Michael Steele was so great.....why wasn't he put up as McCain's running mate?

    Seems to me that none of their, show me the birth certificate, you Muslim, palling around with terrorist, radical Ayers, & Fletcher, fearmongering 24X7 led by Hannity seemed to not penetrate or stop President Obama...so now they found a new "gimmick", use a Black man against another Black man, as a last resort. It won't work! 97% of Blacks will vote DEMOCRATIC REGARDLESS OF RACE OR GENDER!

    February 17, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  14. Had It

    Oh no – no the "token one in the republican party" spouting off at the mouth again.

    February 17, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  15. Luis

    No amount of MONEY will save your party!

    So long as your narrow focus is on enriching
    yourselves and your special interests friends,
    Americans will shun your Republican party.

    February 17, 2009 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  16. jon

    i will vote in ny bad news for them

    February 17, 2009 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  17. Dittohead

    Nothing better than arrogant liberals making themselves look stupid.

    You have become everything that claim to hate.

    February 17, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  18. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    A 'battle royale' for a House seat from Upstate New York? This is what the RNC has come to? The you'll only be 76 seats behind. Way to go Steeley Mike!

    February 17, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  19. irene


    February 17, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  20. RSB

    Spend that money! Honestly I'm not sure anybody cares what you think, Mr. Steele.

    February 17, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  21. ranjit

    Way to go Mr. Steele. We Republicans always tend to do well in special election. This district is a very conservative district and we can win it. Let me send a check.

    February 17, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  22. S. Hellier

    Does everyone really think that a one party state is the answer? 16 years ago the Democrats were in the same position as the Republicans. Does everyone really think that the Democrats now with all the power that the Republicans had for eight years will not do the same thing?

    February 17, 2009 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  23. Texas Teacher

    Oh, that is rich! Steele just keep telling yourself that you still have a chance! Especially if Obama does not succeed.... don't bank on it, repubs.... just don't bank on it!

    February 17, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  24. Pat, CA

    At this point, after the Obama fiascos - ANYTHING Republican is OK with me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 17, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  25. Texas Teacher

    You are hanging on by your fingernails as it is, Repubs!

    February 17, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
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