March 20th, 2009
10:30 AM ET
14 years ago

Thompson talks up importance of NY 20 race

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caption="Fred Thompson, a former Tennessee senator and presidential candidate, asks supporters in his e-mail to donate to Jim Tedisco and solicits contributions to his PAC."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Presidential candidate Fred Thompson told supporters Friday that a Republican victory in an upcoming congressional election in New York is the spark conservatives need to help stage a strong defense to oppose Democratic policy goals.

“If Jim Tedisco wins this seat, it will be a very public repudiation,” of the Democratic Party, Thompson said in an e-mail to supporters of his political action committee. “A Tedisco victory will start the process of building an effective opposition to the Obama-Pelosi agenda, and send a clear message: conservatives aren’t going to let the extremist left in Washington strip us of our rights and freedoms.”

Tedisco is the Republican candidate in the March 31 special election to fill the remaining 20 months of Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand’s term. Gillibrand, a Democrat, was appointed to the Senate earlier this year when Sen. Hillary Clinton was confirmed to be Secretary of State.  Scott Murphy is the Democratic candidate in this election.

Thompson, a former Tennessee senator and presidential candidate, asks supporters in his e-mail to donate to Tedisco and solicits contributions to his PAC. He is best known, perhaps, for his work as an actor in movies and on the television show Law and Order.

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soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Fred Thompson is the same Reagan Conservative who flew into the race at the 11th hour to save America!!! And he left as quickly as he arrived – with nothing to show for it.

    Having him pushing for this and candidates is like taking inland waterway navigation skills lessons from Joe Hazelwood!!!

    March 20, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  2. Cary

    Fred Thompson? The GOP must be worse off than we think.

    March 20, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  3. John, Brooklyn, New York

    Gee thanks, Senator Thompson. What we really need right now, right in the middle of a global economic crisis, is more angry, fist pounding, partisan rhetoric coming from the Republicans. Can you get any more out of touch with the will of the American people??

    March 20, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  4. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    “If Jim Tedisco wins this seat, it will be a very public repudiation,” of the Democratic Party, And if Tedisco loses (a definite possibility which is why they are pouring money into this race) it will be explained away by the RNC as no big deal, right? Fred, Obama's election and the Democratic sweep were "a very public repudiation,” of the Republican Party and the Bush mis-Administration. This is a podunk district in upstate New York you are bloviating about.

    March 20, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  5. George Carlins got to be laughing

    When did he wakeup?And I thought I was dead.haha

    March 20, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  6. Mississippi Mike

    How is it that Democrats want diversity in every facet of American life but not in law making? I think it's only fair that Democrats should let Republicans have their term. I believe the chic term for this kind of diversity is "inclusion."

    March 20, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  7. Mari

    IS this Fred Thompson ...... the Actor???? How funny that when the ACTOR is a GOPer....... he is free to speak and involve themselves in politics!!

    Just the other day when actor, Richard Dreyfus made a political statement, the Far-right-folks raked him over the coals for speaking out!

    BUT....... when the ACTOR happens to be a far-right-folk, well...... then..... that's ........... A-OKAY Y' ALL!

    March 20, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    @ PJP

    Dude, seriously, where'd you get your stash...I want some of what you're smokin.

    March 20, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  9. Marge

    I think in the last two elections they country has repudiated the republican policies that got us into the darn mess. Why in the world would anybody but another blind republican want to put someone like that back in office. Get a life about going back to Law and Order and this the script...Law.....and....Order...something republicans don't belive in.

    March 20, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    @ Mari

    Don't forget Reagan. FACT: when asked if he thought being an actor helped him with being POTUS, Reagan told a journalist that EVERY POLITICIAN IS AN ACTOR. Chew on that GOP.

    March 20, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  11. CAL

    This man is scary, he's loud and obnoxious. I hope he doesn't run for office again, can you imagine a hot head like this bozo as president? besides I was not impressed AT ALL with him in the race. We don't need nor do we want another rep in the congress, they are a angry with no direction and open mind. There all a bunch of losers.

    March 20, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    @ Dean, who asked "Why doesn't the GOP just crawl off into some cave for the next four years and get their act together."

    They can't, all caves are currently occupied by Al Qaeda and the GOP, led my McTaint, supposedly knows where they are and how to find them...they don't want to give away the secret. However, I do agree that cave-dwelling would be quite appropriate for that gaggle of modern day neanderthals.

    March 20, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  13. Don in Albuquerque

    Blah, Blah, Woof, Woof! Same old garbage, the party of NO. NO ideas, No concept, No clue! Go back to TV crime shows. At least there I liked you.

    March 20, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
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