Scanning Tedisco-Murphy, take III

Tedisco-MurphyUpdated at 3 pm Tuesday

There are only two more weeks until the special election to fill Kirsten Gillibrand's old House seat.

We've been reading the coverage of the race between Jim Tedisco and Scott Murphy so you don't have to. This time around, Tedisco takes a stand, Congress members write checks and apparently Republicans are "self-suppressing."

Here we go...

The back and forth

+ Tedisco finally issued a definitive stand on the federal stimulus bill: he says he would have voted against it. He also criticized Murphy for jumping to support the bill: "How could you look at an 1,100-page document in one day?" [TU] [Troy Record]

+ Scott Murphy responded to the accusations in this ad:

Murphy told the Post-Star about the company in question: "That company (Synacor) grew from doing $1 million in revenue when we got involved six years ago to doing about $60 million in revenue now. The goal was to grow the company rapidly. And sometimes high-tech companies lose money as they're growing, but they're still a big success."

+ Murphy answered questions on a bunch of issues at Bard College, including gay marriage and nuclear power. [Weekly Standard]

+ Tedisco at a recent campaign stop: "I haven't seen this many people since they were offering free breakfast at Denny's." [CapNews9]

+ A "GOP source" tells the National Review that they're seeing "extreme Republican self-suppression." In other words, Republicans aren't excited to vote for Tedisco.


+ Many Congressional Republicans have reportedly agreed to write checks to help out the Tedisco campaign. [The Hill]

+ A Republican PAC says it's making a $190,000 television ad buy for the race. [Post-Star] Updated: The TU reported this PAC, the National Republican Trust, apparently asked to have one their ads pulled from the rotation on WNYT after the station asked for evidence of the ad's claims. That story prompted a guy from the PAC to call the TU's Irene Jay Liu and call her "a sock puppet" for the Murphy campaign (Liu posted audio of the call).

The view from out there

+ The opening line from a recent Reuters story: "A sparsely populated part of New York state could give Republicans a much-needed taste of victory after several years of electoral setbacks."


Murphy on Gay Marriage from The Weekly Standard: Supports full equal rights for same-sex couples through civil unions, but believes “churches as private institutions can call whatever they want marriages.”

So does this mean that all "marriages" should be changed to civil unions now? I'm not opposed to having civil unions but it should apply to all unions not just those between two people of the same sex.

I am so talking my wife into filing for a civil union the day NY offers them. Just to see how they manage to turn down the request.

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