The Democrats picked have picked Scott Murphy to take on Jim Tedisco in the special election to replace Kirsten Gillibrand in the House. So, who is this guy?
Here's a really quick backgrounder.
Name: Scott Murphy
Residence: Glens Falls
Job: Currently a managing director with Advantage Capital Partners, a venture capital firm. Before that, he ran his own management consulting shop. And he was involved with the creation of three internet companies: a fantasy sports business that was sold to the Sporting News, a web consultancy, and an auction company that was sold to eBay.
Political experience: He worked in the administrations of two governors in Missouri, Mel Carnahan and Roger Wilson. He served as the deputy chief of staff for Wilson, whose administration was only three months long (he was serving out Carnahan's term after Carnahan died in a plane crash).
Money: Murphy reportedly is bringing $600,000
of his own money to the race.
Why he was picked: Said the chair of the Rensselaer Democratic Party to the Troy Record: "He's a job development, economic development person." Said the chair of the Essex County party to Post-Star: "I think we really appreciated that fact that he's so down to earth." Also, the higher-profile candidates (former news anchor Tracy Egan, New York State AFL-CIO official Suzy Ballantye, former NHL'er Mike Richter) dropped out.
Background: Murphy grew up in Columbia, Missouri (high school mascot: the Kewpies) and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard.
Statement from press release:
"These are tough, painful times for too many Americans. Reforming healthcare and education, guaranteeing the future of Social Security, and insuring benefits for our veterans are all priorities and it all starts by creating economic opportunity and stability for our families and communities. My job is to put the 20th CD to work."
photo: Scott Murphy
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