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BREAKING NY-20: Jim Tedisco Concedes to Scott Murphy

Congratulations to NY-20’s new Congressman, Democrat Scott Murphy!


Friday, April 24, 2009                     

Democrat Murphy wins Kirsten Gillibrand’s New York House seat
as Republican Tedisco concedes drawn-out race.

Scott Murphy went from relative unknown to United States Representative in about eight weeks. Jim Tedisco went from head of the New York Assembly Republicans with a 21-point lead to desperate candidate to upset loser in a district that has a strong Republican advantage. Oh, I should add, Tedisco stepped aside as Republican leader to concentrate on his transition to US Rep., so now he is an election loser without his state leadership position. Big oops for Jim. . . .

But big w00t! for Scott!

Statement from DCCC Chair Chris Van Hollen:

"Congratulations to Congressman-elect Scott Murphy on his remarkable, come-from-behind victory. In this election, voters responded to Scott Murphy’s record as a successful businessman who helped to create more than 1,000 jobs and his strong support for President Obama’s economic recovery package.

"In trying to win the NY-20 special election, the RNC, NRCC, and their Republican allies went all in on the losing gamble that voters would prefer their ‘just say no’ approach to President Obama’s bold plans to get the economy back on track.

"Scott Murphy’s victory in this district where Republicans outnumber Democrats by more than 70,000 represents a rejection of the obstructionist agenda and scare tactics that have become the hallmark of House Republicans.

"With his commitment to reaching across the aisle to help President Obama enact his agenda for change, Scott Murphy will be a tremendous asset to our Democratic Caucus."

"I am grateful to President Obama, Vice President Biden, House Democratic Leaders, Governor Paterson, Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, the entire New York Congressional Delegation, and DNC Chairman Tim Kaine for their work on behalf of and support of Scott Murphy."

Statement from DNC Chair Tim Kaine:

"Scott Murphy’s long-awaited victory is proof positive that Americans, even in this heavily Republican district, support the President and want him to succeed and the result is a repudiation of the failed policies of the past touted by Republicans," said Kaine. "Republicans decided to make this race a referendum on President Obama’s leadership of the economy and his jobs and economic recovery plan – and given the result we are thankful that they did. Scott Murphy embraced President Obama’s approach to the economy and his message of change while his opponent embraced the politics of division and the failed economic policies that got our country into the mess we find ourselves in today. While the Republican Party and its candidates appear to have learned nothing from recent elections and the nation’s obvious desire for change, I commend the voters in New York 20 for supporting Scott and giving the President another strong ally for change as the Obama Administration moves forward with its plans to reform healthcare, invest in clean energy and improve education.”

Statement from Speaker Nancy Pelosi:

"As Speaker of the House, I congratulate Congressman-elect Scott Murphy on his impressive victory in the race for New York’s 20th Congressional District. Scott’s victory is a clear indication that Democrats, Independents, and Republicans across the country want to continue moving America in a New Direction and reject the ‘just say no’ policies of Washington, D.C. Republicans.

"As a high-tech entrepreneur and business leader, Congressman-elect Murphy will bring a wealth of experience to the House, which will be critical as we work to create jobs and strengthen our economy, make health care more affordable and accessible, and do so with the highest standards of accountability and transparency to the taxpayers, just as Scott emphasized in his campaign, and as we in the New Direction Congress insist upon.

"Scott Murphy fought through a tough race and showed the kind of tenacity and commitment to public service that will serve him and his constituents well in the Congress. I congratulate DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen for his outstanding leadership in helping to elect Scott Murphy. I also want to thank President Obama, Vice President Biden, Governor Paterson, and the entire New York Congressional Delegation for their strong support of Scott Murphy."

"I look forward to personally congratulating Congressman-elect Murphy and welcoming him, his wife, Jen, and their three children to the New Direction Congress."

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