Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Scott Murphy Easily Takes Columbia County

Scott Murphy has won Columbia County handily.

The totals are 8,449 to 6,560.

The totals on each of the lines are:
Murphy Democratic 7273

Tedisco Republican 5450

Murphy Independence 744

Tedisco Conservative 1110

Murphy Working Families 432

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Now Leading in the Polls... Three Final Scott Murphy Campaign Stops in Columbia County

Scott Murphy knows how important Columbia County is to his victory and is proving it by putting 10 campaign workers into the county and by having three major campaign appearances in Hudson in this final weekend of the campaign.

Appearing with Scott Murphy will be with Representative Jim Clyburn, the third-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives.

Read all the details on the Hudson City Democrats website.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Murphy Takes the Lead in 20th District Race

Continuing his steady momentum, Scott Murphy has overtaken Jim Tedisco in the poll released by Siena College today. The latest poll has Mr Murphy ahead by four points. This is in keeping with the steady trajectory the candidate has been on from the start of the campaign. The more that people get to know Scott Murphy, the more they realize that he is the right person for the job.

Read more at ccScoop

Monday, March 23, 2009

ccScoop Analysis of the 20th Congressional District Race by Don Moore

Don Moore of Hudson, has penned an in depth analysis of the Murphy-Tedisco race in the 20th Congressional district for ccScoop. The piece, titled "What Counts in the 20th Congressional District Special Election" delves into the makeup of the district's electorate and their motivations for going to the polls and supporting their candidates.
He also gets into the fundraising aspect of the campaign along with all of the other money flowing in to this race. It's a fascinating read.

Check it out at ccScoop.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

WMHT Posts Entire Debate - The One That Jim Tedisco Skipped

WMHT and Times Union invited all three candidates for the 20th Congressional District seat to participate in a televised debate.

Only one person didn't show up.
Jim Tedisco.

See the entire debate here.

Scott Murphy Rally in Hudson Saturday March 21st


There will be a rally for the Scott Murphy for Congress campaign in Hudson on Saturday March 21st at 3pm in 7th Street Park. Accompanying Mr. Murphy will be Congressman Paul Tonko. Please come out and welcome Scott Murphy to Hudson and Columbia County.

Get all the latest campaign news here.
See all of the campaign ads and other videos here.
Scott Murphy for Congress Website

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Scott Murphy Campaign Releases New Ad Slamming Jim Tedisco on Stimulus Plan

The Scott Murphy for Congress campaign has released a new ad on Jim Tedisco finally answering the question.
Would Jim Tedisco have voted for the Stimulus Bill which will bring tens of thousands of jobs to Upstate NY?
The answer is NO!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Columbia County and the Entire Upstate Region Turning Bluer Every Day.


Daily Kos and the Albany Project today report on what many of us have been seeing and feeling for some time. Upstate NY is turning a deeper and deeper shade of blue.

For the first time in anybody's memory, the vast territory north of Westchester and Rockland counties tilts Democrat in active voter registration. As Republicans across the country grapple with declining fortunes, even their upstate bastion is morphing into at least a pale shade of blue [...]

As a result, such former GOP strongholds as Dutchess, Rensselaer, Onondaga and Niagara counties now report a Democratic registration edge.

Columbia County Democrats Note: As of November 2008 Democrats have overtaken Republicans in Columbia County for the first time in decades. 14,332 Democrats to 14,284 Republicans.

Check out the full stories at Daily Kos and The Albany Project

and Democrats gain first-ever enrollment edge upstate.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Tedisco Continues to Avoid Taking a Stand on Stimulus

Republican Jim Tedisco continues to avoid the question whether he will support Obama's stimulus package. On Fred Dicker's WGDJ-AM radio show, 3.13.09.

If you still think that Jim Tedisco is the right man for the job, you won't after listening to his own words.

Congressional Race Now a Statistical Dead Heat

Scott Murphy has closed the gap between himself and Republican Jim Tedisco. A new Siena Poll has Murphy closing the gap to 4 points (the margin of error in the poll).

The Siena poll is available here.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Major Scott Murphy Endorsements

Columbia County Democrats Chair Chris Nolan attended the endorsement of Scott Murphy for Congress by Governor David Paterson, Senator Charles Schumer and Representative Charles Rangel. He shot these photos on his phone.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Official Campaign Videos

View all of the official campaign ads from the Scott Murphy for Congress Campaign here.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Produces New 20th District Radio Ad

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has released an ad supporting Scott Murphy's candidacy for the 20th District seat formerly held by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
Listen to the DCCC Radio Ad

Friday, March 6, 2009

Help Elect Scott Murphy This Weekend.

This Weekend.
Help Elect Scott Murphy.
Opportunities to Help.
Support the Campaign.

It is time again for Columbia County Democrats and friends to come together and work as hard as we can to elect SCOTT MURPHY for CONGRESS for the seat vacated by now Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in the 20th Congressional District!! We all worked very hard for a very long time to turn this district blue- we cannot let it slip back into Republican hands!!

Many of you got to meet Scott for the first time during his swing through Columbia County last weekend. In the past few days he has
secured the Independence Party and the Working Families Party lines and been endorsed by the AFL-CIO, NYSUT, PEF, CSEA, and many other unions. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer have come out to campaign for him.

The Republican National Committee and conservative PACs have made this race a national priority. They hope that Jim Tedisco, who does not even live in the district, can win back the district for the Republicans. They have invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in TV and radio ads to attack Murphy. If Tedisco is elected, he will use his platform to denounce the new administration and the Democratically controlled Congress just as he has done for years in New York.


The Special Election will be held on March 31, less than four weeks from now.
Increasing Murphy's name recognition and turnout is key to winning.

This weekend the Scott Murphy for Congress campaign is planning canvassing in the Hudson area and phone banking at the headquarters in Ghent.

Can you spend a little time this weekend to help keep Columbia County blue and elect Scott Murphy to Congress?

If you would like to help, please contact the Murphy campaign Columbia County field coordinator, Jennifer Martin at jenyfer718@gmail.com.

Check out these campaign links:
Scott Murphy for Congress Website
Latest Campaign News
Democrats Rising on YouTube
Become a fan on Facebook
Join the Scott Murphy for Congress Group on Facebook

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

ccScoop Posts Virtual Debate

ccSCOOP asked both of the candidates for the 20th Congressional district the same five questions. They have presented the candidates’ responses to the questions in separate videos—one for each topic.

Part 1 : Economic Stimulus Money

Part 2 : Infrastructure

Part 3 : Jobs in Columbia County

Part 4 : Congressional Committees

Part 5 : National Position

See Part 1 here

Board of Elections Issues Information on Upcoming Special Election

The Columbia County Board of Elections has issued a release on the upcoming special election to fill the seat vacated by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. The board is clarifying issues with the new ballot marking devices and has issued instruction for requesting an absentee ballot. You can read the Board of Elections message by clicking here.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

New Scott Murphy Ad

New Scott Murphy Ad

You can see more Scott Murphy ads by going to our new YouTube Channel, Democrats Rising

NYS AFL-CIO Announces Endorsement of Scott Murphy for Congress

NYS AFL-CIO Announces Endorsement of Scott Murphy for Congress

20th CD Special Election to Take Place on March 31st

ALBANY, NY-- Denis Hughes, President of the 2 ½ million member New York State AFL-CIO today announced the State Labor Federation's endorsement of Scott Murphy in the 20th Congressional District.

President Hughes stated, "The New York State AFL-CIO is pleased to announce its endorsement of Scott Murphy. In a relatively short period of time, Scott has cultivated a strong relationship with local unions in his district, and has shown a keen awareness and understanding of the issues, needs and concerns of working men and women.
"As a result of Scott's commitment to the ideals of working people, he has received substantial support within the local labor movement in the 20th congressional district. Our executive board recognized his strong support, and has acted to ensure that labor's extensive grassroots initiative will be implemented immediately.
"We are confident that with labor's support, Scott Murphy will be elected to Congress on March 31st, said Hughes.

As a demonstration of labor's support for Scott Murphy's candidacy, a Labor to Neighbor, door to door informational campaign will be held on Saturday, March 7th at 10:00 am. Union volunteers participating in this initiative will gather at the Park n Ride (Exit 8) off of I-87 (Northway).

Upon receiving the New York State AFL-CIO's endorsement, Scott Murphy stated, "As the son of a postal worker and teacher I am especially proud to receive the endorsement of the New York State AFL-CIO, because I believe all working families should have the opportunity to live the American Dream. I look forward to partnering with Senator Gillibrand and President Obama in Washington on behalf of working families all across the 20th District, where I will fight to create jobs, provide middle class tax relief, and offer new ways to meet our most pressing challenges, so we can turn our economy around."

The New York State AFL-CIO represents approximately 95,000 union members and their families in the 20th Congressional District.

20th Congressional District Debates Scheduled - Will Stream on the Web

2oth Congressional District Debates!

CBS6Albany streamed the AARP debate on Tuesday March 3rd from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

It will be
re-streamed at 7 p.m. Thursday February 5th.

To view the debate all you have to do is log on to cbs6albany.com at the designated start time
and you'll find the video stream box right on the homepage!

They will also be streaming the WROW debate 3/26 at 7 p.m.

March 3rd
•AARP Debate

1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Streamed Live on cbs6albany.com

March 19th

•WMHT/Times Union Debate

Televised Live on WMHT
hosted by Susan Arbetter and Times Union editor Rex Smith
More Info to Come

March 26th - 7pm
•Town Hall Style Debate

with Scott Murphy (D-Glens Falls), Jim Tedisco (R-Schenectady)
and Eric Sundwall (Lib-Kinderhook)
This debate will be streamed live on cbs6albany.com
NOTE: Only about 200 spaces available.
For reservations send an e-mail to debate@wrow.com.
Sponsored by
League of Women Voters Saratoga County
League of Women Voters Rensselaer County
League of Women Voters Columbia County
in conjunction with NewsTalk 590 WROW and Albany Broadcasting.
Moderated by WROW's Sherman Baldwin.
at Holiday Inn Express, Latham Map

ccScoop Reports on Scott Murphy's Tour of Columbia County

Columbia County News Source ccScoop,
has just posted a report on
Scott Murphy's tour of
Columbia County.

See the video here.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Scott Murphy Meets With Columbia County Farmers and Agriculture Businesses

Scott Murphy met with Columbia County Farmers and Agriculture Business during his tour of Columbia County on Saturday Feb 28th

Derek Grout - Golden Harvest Farms,
Scott Murphy and
Eric Ooms - Columbia County Farm Bureau