March 18th, 2009
12:01 PM ET
13 years ago

GOP House candidate goes non-partisan in latest ad

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Jim Tedisco's a Republican on the ballot, but not on the airwaves."]
(CNN) - He's a Republican on the ballot, but not on the airwaves: GOP state assemblymen Jim Tedisco, running for the open seat in New York's 20th congressional district, is quoting President Obama in his latest ad.

"Like the president said, in these difficult times, we're not Republicans or Democrats, we're Americans," he says in the 30-second spot. "And that's the team I'm on."

Tedisco's former double-digit lead over Murphy has shrunk to 4 points in the most recent Siena poll, released last week.

Yesterday, the Republican National Committee sent another $100,000 to the state party as the race enters the home stretch. The special election is set for March 31.

Filed under: GOP • Jim Tedisco • New York
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. carlo

    This guy is a total hothead. He doesn't have the temperment for public office.

    March 18, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  2. Mel

    Wow, the first Republican I've seen that actually seems to be learning from the past mistakes of others. Shocking.

    March 18, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  3. KR

    Finally someone that agrees that we are not Democratic or Republicans but AMERICANS. We should be working together and not pulling apart.

    March 18, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  4. NorVA

    Smart man. Hopefully, the rest of the GOP traitors will get on the bus and help our country out, instead of making it more difficult for us.

    March 18, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  5. Angela

    He is right. We need to understand that we are Americans first. I have personally gotten tired of the all of the Dems and Reps talking heads, can't we just join together as Americans and realize that there is more than likey more the one way to fix this mess. It is time for us to stop listening only to one-side and work towards a compromise.

    March 18, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  6. TJJ

    Oh please, he's going to get into office and be an obstructionist like all the other Repubs in Congress. And soon as his "realness" is called into question by Rush Limbaugh, he'll fall right in line. Don't fall for it moderates in his district.

    March 18, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  7. Had Enough

    NorVa -

    Let's not leave your Democrats out either. It's not like they are above the rest ... although they seem to think so (just as much as the Repubs).

    March 18, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  8. yuri

    Bohner may benefit from this brand of bipartisanship, besides being belligerent and boastful of his own banal behavior

    March 18, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  9. FreeNLovingIt

    Just look at his record. An elepheant will always eat peanuts 🙂

    March 18, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  10. slickingdom

    I don't know much about him, but he seems to get it, that we all need to
    join in and do what's best for the good of the U.S. Citizens, right on !!!

    March 18, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    He's someone who understands that "Republican" is an epithet in this country right now. This is a move based entirely on political expedience, not an ideological paradigm shift or newfound idealism.

    March 18, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  12. Too True For You

    @ sniffit – Exactly. It is all a cynical ploy to distance himself from the unpopular "R" word.

    March 18, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  13. Don

    If we all go along with everything the president suggests, we are in a de facto dictatorship of our own making.

    Saddam Hussein had a parliament that voted YES on every single motion he put forward, never questioned, never criticized. Is that what we want?

    The point of a multi-party system is to have an opposition. Opposition means just that – OPPOSING. It is to have a party that is constantly, relentlessly challenging, criticizing, and pushing back. Without that, our democracy is dead.

    I hope the GOP stands up to Obama at every turn. I also hope that when the GOP is back in the White House that the Democrats do the same. That is what it is all about.

    Stop calling the GOP traitors and obstructionists because they are doing their job. They are doing what the party currently not in power is supposed to do in our system. I hope they make the president's life very, very hard. That is why we have them around. If the president's agenda is worthy, it will stand. I don't want to see them do this in a mean-spirited way, but in a way that constantly demands that the president explain and justify his policies and has some push-back on his agenda. It is about checks and balances on power.

    I would like to see the two parties compromise and work together. However, if the two parties are always agreeing on everything, that is extremely dangerous for freedom and the health of our democracy.

    By the way, bipartisanship does not start on Capitol Hill. It starts on Main Street. It starts in places like this forum.

    March 18, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  14. Rob in Detroit Mi.

    we are not falling for this crap again.

    March 18, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  15. Fred the Moderate

    Nice try, but we know who your are and what you stand for.

    March 18, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  16. steve-fl

    Wise advised my mother gave me when dating: don't listen to the words just the actions! So please folks don't get dupe again!

    March 18, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |