Thursday, March 26, 2009

Opening Salvo In The War Of 2010

It's very early 2009 and we're already getting a chance to see how well conservatives may fare in 2010 in regards to congressional seats. If the first two months of the Obama administration are an accurate indication of what we can expect in the next four years, it will become imperative that republicans reclaim at least one of the houses in order to slam on the brakes.

In what is being billed as an early referendum on the policies of this administration, New York's 20th Congressional District is holding a special election on March 31st to replace Kirsten Gillibrand, who accepted Governor Paterson's appointment to fill the U.S. senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton. The race pits Democrat Scott Murphy against Republican Jim Tedisco, and while a Tedisco win won't do much to alter the balance of power in the House of Representatives, it could reveal the mood of voters where Obama's economic policies are concerned.

For Obama's part, he's throwing his full support behind Murphy, a move that could prove politically dangerous if Tedisco wins big. In an email sent to 60,000 people in the 20th district yesterday, Obama had this to say about Murphy:

''He supports the economic recovery plan we've put in place, and I know we can count on him as an ally for change.''

Somewhat telling about Obama's political courage is the fact that he waited until yesterday to publicly back Murphy, who pulled even with Tedisco in the polls for the first time...yesterday.

Nevertheless, I am urging all readers who live in the 20th district of New York to get out next Tuesday and vote for Jim Tedisco. This is where we begin to take back congress, and every seat counts.
If you live within the shaded area on the map, it's your day. Registered Republicans outnumber Democrats by 70,000 so go get 'em, kids!

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1 comment:

Christopher Vic said...

Jim Tedisco, the Republican candidate and the minority leader in the state assembly, has been a familiar face in upstate New York politics since the early 1980s. At first glance, he has the advantage.

Let's see if the times union does it's job and asks Murphy about this.


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