March 27th, 2009
11:16 AM ET
14 years ago

DNC goes up with ad in NY 20

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" The DNC is launching an ad in the NY 20 race."](CNN) - The Democratic National Committee is weighing into the special election race in New York's 20th district, launching an ad Friday highlighting President Obama's recent endorsement of Democrat Scott Murphy.

"In the worst recession in a generation, upstate New Yorkers deserve someone with the right skills to represent them in Washington," says the ad's announcer. "That's why President Obama is supporting Scott Murphy for Congress.

The 30 second spot comes two days after the president penned an e-mail to New York Democrats explicitly endorsing Murphy, who is seeking the seat vacated by Kirsten Gillibrand when she was appointed to the U.S. Senate in January.

The DNC also donated $5,000 to Murphy's campaign, the legal maximum the committee can transfer.
Murphy's Republican opponent is New York Assemblyman Jim Tedisco. The special election is scheduled for next Tuesday. Though the Democratic and Republican campaign committees in the House of Representatives have pumped

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soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Michael M. Noonan

    A Marxist endorsement. That should help in New York.

    March 27, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  2. obama-mama

    Good luck Murphy....I'm sure the best man will win.

    March 27, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  3. Typical White Person

    If polls are anything like the stock market, Obama speaks and they will drop like a rock.

    March 27, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  4. suz

    I hope that if Murphy comes into power he will address the outrageous property taxes here in western NY, especially beacuase they are disproportinate to the taxes paid downstate with much higher values.

    Furthermore, the cities in wetern NY such as Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo have some of the highest child poverty rates in the state,

    Much attention has been focused downstate, time for help here too.

    March 27, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  5. mark

    NY is and always has been a social welfare state that depends strongly on the Gov't

    March 27, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  6. Fair is Fair

    Obama endorses another liberal hack.

    This is news????????

    March 27, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  7. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    The guy is not even from NY? Just like Hillary the Democrats bring these out of state polititions to represent the people?

    March 27, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  8. Joe in NJ

    Do you think Obama even knows who Murphy is?

    March 27, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  9. pdec

    and what does Obama know about the "right skills" having none himself?

    March 27, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  10. Art

    So much for Bi-Partisan leadership.

    March 27, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  11. Dennis

    In this part of New York, the billboard could backfire on the DNC.

    March 27, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  12. Brian Crooks

    March 27th, 2009 12:24 pm ET

    So much for Bi-Partisan leadership.
    So President Obama should support the guy who has been opposed to every single idea he's had since he got elected? Bi-partisanship is a means to an end. It's a process by which things get done. It's not a process by which you support someone who opposed your entire platform just as a political show.

    March 27, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  13. phoenix86

    Obama supporting Murphy can only mean one thing. Murphy is a huge tax and spend supporter with no backbone whatsoever.

    I cannot think of a better endorsement for Tedisco than Obama's support for Murphy.

    March 27, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  14. gary

    Nice he got Obama's indorcement,,, should mean New Yorkers can pick someone they know already probably is a tax evader... or something else that is acceptable in the NEW AMERICA...

    March 27, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  15. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    Maybe Murphy is telling the lawyer truth (LIE) about being a moderate democrat, just like his idol Obama. In upstate New York where I lived in the mid 80's the citizens were pretty conservative, especially in fiscal matters.

    March 27, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  16. Stranger in a very strange land

    Perhaps, if Palin endorsed Tedisco, that would be the spark he needs to win. Or if Rush were to say that Tedisco, along with the Mighty Limbaugh, could think for himself. After all, one of Rush's favorite sayings is: "you don't have to think. I will do the thinking for you." Which tells us what the so-called leading thinker of the Republicans feels about the average Republican IQ. And Palin could pray up a win, if she could find a Republican worthy of holding her hand while she told God what to do.

    Go Republicans, go.

    March 27, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  17. gary

    Really who does care about NY anymore anyway,?,,, once the American public realize we are going to help these idiots foot the bill for their new Yankee stadium because they are already on the verge of bankruptsy and won't get anymore investors that aren't Chinese businessmen, Americans will turn on these cry baby Unioner who drove up most of our prices anyway,,,, seriously only the East coast seems to think it is appropriate to pay union worker $50/hr for a $15/hr skill set.
    Down with the Unions, and the Liberal idea of America,,,,
    Someone start defending out constitution before the only solution is another civil war to redraw the boundaries.....
    Tax payers won't pay for you liberals for long, believe me

    March 27, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  18. Valerie

    Obama do something for this country. you have done nothing but ruin this country so far.

    March 27, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  19. David Greenville, tx

    UGGGGG They spent how much on this ad? And they couldn't afford to hire someone who knows Photoshop compositing? An outdoor shot mixed with a studio shot? And the light coming from two different directions?

    March 27, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  20. Gayle

    Obama is endorsing this candidate. That means that he probably hasn't paid all of the taxes that he owes. Someone should investigate this.

    March 27, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  21. Mississippi Mike

    It's a good thing our campaigner in chief has nothing better to do than help Democrats get elected in rural House districts.

    March 27, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  22. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    If "In the worst recession in a generation, upstate New Yorkers deserve someone with the right skills to represent them in Washington," then upstate New Yorkers really need to elect someone who understands that the idea of spending a ton of borrowed money to buy your way out of problems caused by too much spending is truly idiotic.

    I have no idea which of those people is truly more fiscally conservative–the Republican will claim that distinction, but the Republican Party hasn't truly meant it in decades–but whoever it is, that's the one who should be elected.

    March 27, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  23. Henry Miller, Cary, NC


    Property taxes in Western NY aren't even remotely the concern of the state legislature.

    March 27, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  24. nysauce

    mark March 27th, 2009 11:30 am ET

    NY is and always has been a social welfare state that depends strongly on the Gov't

    Hey man don't mess with NY we have enough on our plate! We are one of the highest on paying taxes, so get your facts straight.

    March 27, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
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