March 2nd, 2009
03:19 PM ET
14 years ago

DCCC buys airtime in race to replace Gillibrand

(CNN) – The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is putting some political muscle behind Scott Murphy, a New York Democrat fighting for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s former House seat, by funding a new radio ad that hit Empire State airwaves on Monday.

The battle between Murphy, a venture capitalist, and New York General Assembly Minority Leader Republican Jim Tedisco has turned especially nasty on the airwaves over the past few weeks. A special election for the seat is scheduled for March 31.

In the latest ad, called “Just Won’t Do,” Murphy attacks Tedisco for staying silent on whether or not he supports President Obama’s stimulus package. He also criticizes Tedisco for not saying if he supports caps on executive compensation for companies receiving federal bailout money.

Tedisco spokesman Joshua Fitzpatrick immediately released a statement calling the ad a “bold-faced lie.”

Murphy and Tedisco are fighting for the House seat in New York’s 20th congressional district, which Gillibrand occupied until she was tapped to replace Hillary Clinton in the Senate. The district traditionally leans Republican, and Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has said winning the race is a priority. The RNC has already funded ads for Tedisco.

The DCCC would not say how much money it spent on the ad.

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Had It

    Who cares? This is the business of New York State. Not the entire nation. It's "LOCAL NEWS" only.

    March 2, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  2. Purnell Kankakee IL.

    The /dems are going to lose this seat!

    March 2, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  3. Mel of Alexandria, Virginia

    The Republican legislators have to submit to Rush who wants America to fail. This is not the time to support Republicans for the House.

    March 2, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  4. Annie

    Once again the MEN in the DCCC are attacking another female.....what a surprise!

    This is only going to motivate me to help Gillibrand and stop the Democrats from their continued attacks on women.

    March 2, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  5. Mike in Houston

    Opposing Obama's spending bill just won't do.

    During 8 years of Bush, the stock market fell 13.4%.

    Since the election, Obama has taken the stock market down 27%.

    Change you can believe in.

    March 2, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  6. ray


    March 2, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  7. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    If Murphy wants to support Obama's stimulus (Liberal Spending) package he needs to say how the adult genrations now will pay for it not the future of our children and grandchildren. When Lou Dobbs said $200 billion was pork, I beleive him since I know he is not a conservative. With caps on executive pay for companies bailed out we need caps on pro athletes and Hollywood too since they get tax payer money to subsidize their stadiums, picture shooting areas, and Awards events.

    March 2, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  8. Gracie

    THANK GOD, Gillibrand is not the best choice for NY.

    March 2, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  9. Mississippi Mike

    NY Democrats have everything to lose. Tedisco's run will remind New Yorkers that Republicans still exist in their state. Even if he loses, Tedisco guarantees his re-election to the state senate. If he wins, good luck getting a Democrat to replace him in the near future.

    March 2, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  10. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    Neither of these people looking to represent the 20th congressional district actually live in the district? How can that be government of the people, by the people, and FOR the people of the 20th district?

    March 2, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  11. simmy

    Give them a run for their money!

    March 2, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  12. Kevin in Ohio

    This seat will easily return to the Republican side, unless the DCCC plays the same dirty tricks Gillibrand did. In 2006 she won only because of last minute false accusations of domestic violence by her opponent.

    March 2, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  13. texas teacher

    Can anyone believe ANYTHING these republicans have to say about ANYTHING! These bozos are losing their minds! They are as guilty of the mess we are in as Bush/Cheney! Anyone who even considers voting for these bozos are flat out losing their minds! And all Democrats should vote in Lockstep with our President! If they DO NOT they may face a disappointment come election day! 🙂 WE elected Obama because we want HIM to make the changes he promised. Whatever he wants to do.... we should give him a chance!

    March 2, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  14. Murphy for Congress

    The DCCC needs to do more to help Scott Murphy he's up against a very tough opponent in Tedisco. His popularity and name recognition will probably win him the seat but as many of us in the 20th district know Murphy would be a better choice. Tedisco is a career Albany poltician who never offers any viable solutions to issues facing NY. He'd rather fight and complain about what every one else is doing. He will fit right in with House republicans who reject everything Obama does cause they have no real solutions to the problems this country is facing. I'll tell you one thing Tedisco will do when he wins and it is to vote against anything Obama proposes and be a puppet along with the rest of the GOP when it comes to obstructing legislation instead of comprimising for the bettering of the country.

    March 2, 2009 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |