Scott Murphy

scott murphyThe 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

Age: 38

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.

Self-appointed nickname: "Mr. Jobs." How'd he get that nickname? Good question.

Background: Murphy grew up in Columbia, Missouri (high school mascot: the Kewpies) and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard.

Family: Married to Jennifer Hogan, who's the sister the cousin of Warren County District Attorney Kate Hogan (who's a Republican). Three kids: Simone, Lux, and Duke. (thanks for the update, um, Jake)

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


Haircut: Fantabulous

Probability I want his babies: High.

My self-appointed nickname is Mr. Awesome. Because I'm awesome.

*reading the above comments*
I don't know where else I can find this type of in-depth analysis. I'm like, knee deep in comprehensive coverage.

Tax Cheat Scott Murphy was caught today by Glens Fall Post Star columnist Maury Thompson in some bizarre Chinatownesque (The movie) lie about the true nature of his relationship to a local district attorny.

Here's the link

In a tape-recorded telephone interview on Friday, The Post-Star asked Murphy, “I know the question will come up from some. What relation are you to Kate Hogan?”

He responded, “Sure — My wife, Jennifer, is Kate’s sister.”

Murphy said Monday that he misspoke on Friday.

My Wife!! My Sister!! My Cousin!! What a wack-job!!!

To Mr. Maxwell Smart above: Can you take off your shoe phone and dial up a source that can explain how Scott Murphy a "tax cheat"?

And, as a side note, how long did it take you to come up with the comparison to "Chinatown"? Kind of a weird comparison...

I am a little uneasy with someone who confuses his wifes sister with his wifes cousin, perhaps this fella is from Appalachia. Good luck, why are all politicians compete buffoons?

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