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WASHINGTON (CNN) – The day after President Obama sent an e-mail declaring his support for Scott Murphy's congressional bid, the Democrat released a radio ad featuring Vice President Joe Biden.
In the ad, which started running on Thursday in New York's 20th congressional district, Biden referenced his local roots.
"As a graduate of Syracuse Law School, I not only root for the Orange, I root for Upstate New York as well," Biden said in the ad. "That's why this special election you'll be holding next Tuesday, March 31st is so important to me. I'm supporting Scott Murphy for Congress, and so is President Obama."
Murphy is running against Republican New York assemblyman Jim Tedisco in a highly competitive race to fill Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's vacant congressional seat.
The ad was funded by Murphy's campaign, but both national parties and some independent fundraising groups have poured money into advertising and sent star power to stump in the district in advance of the special election.
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/03/24/art.obama4.gi.jpg caption=" Obama endorsed Scott Murphy on Wednesday, less than a week before the special election."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - For the first time since taking office, President Obama is spending some political capital to get another Democrat elected.
On Wednesday, Obama e-mailed New York Democrats endorsing Scott Murphy, the venture capitalist who is running in the special election to fill the seat in New York's 20th congressional district that was vacated by Kirsten Gillibrand when she was appointed to the U.S. Senate in January.
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 resources into the race, the president has so far kept his distance.
In the e-mail, Obama calls Murphy an "ally for change" and cites his support for the economic stimulus bill that the president signed in February, a piece of legislation that has become a hot-button issue in the race.
"Scott has the kind of experience and background we desperately need right now in Washington," Obama said in the message, which was sent to nearly 60,000 upstate New Yorkers on the e-mail lists of the Democratic National Committee and "Organizing for America," Obama's political organization.
"He's created jobs by building and growing small businesses while bringing people together to address difficult challenges," Obama said of Murphy.