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Murphy was sworn in last year by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Murphy was sworn in last year by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

In tough political climate, Rep. Scott Murphy argues for a second term

Representative Scott Murphy toured the North Country yesterday, visiting Lake Placid, Keene and North Hudson.

Murphy is a Democrat from Glens Falls who represents the 20th district. He's running hard to win a first full term in congress.

He faces Republican challenger Chris Gibson, a former Army colonel from Columbia County.

As Brian Mann reports, Murphy faces a very different political climate from last year, when he squeaked by in a special election.  Go to full article
Rep. Scott Murphy (D-Glens Falls)
Rep. Scott Murphy (D-Glens Falls)

Web extra: Brian Mann talks in-depth with Rep. Scott Murphy

In a sit-down interview this week with North Country Public Radio, Rep. Scott Murphy said that his political identity is distinct from that of his national party going into this fall's midterm election.

Will voters buy that argument, despite Murphy's support for key elements of the Democratic agenda?

In a district where registered Republicans outnumber registered Democrats, that question may define whether or not Murphy wins a full first term in his race with Republican challenger Chris Gibson.

Here is Rep. Murphy's unedited conversation with Brian Mann.  Go to full article
Chris Gibson
Chris Gibson

NY-20: Murphy, Gibson spar over healthcare, stimulus

This November, Glens Falls Democrat Scott Murphy will defend his seat against Republican challenger Chris Gibson. Gibson is a former Army colonel from Columbia county. The two men met last night at the Hyde Collection museum in Glens Falls for their first debate.

As Brian Mann reports, they agreed on a wide range of issues, but sparred over the impact of the Federal stimulus and healthcare reform.  Go to full article
Chris Gibson. Source: campaign
Chris Gibson. Source: campaign

Retired Iraq war vet seeks to unseat Murphy

Democrat Scott Murphy is stockpiling funds to defend his 20th district seat this November. According to the Daily Politics news blog, the freshman Congressman had his best-ever fundraising quarter to start this year, raising $475,000. The blog quotes chief of staff Todd Schulte as saying Murphy has more than a million dollars on hand now.

Murphy's challenge will come from retired Army Colonel Chris Gibson. Gibson is a Republican from Kinderhook in Columbia County. He left the Army in February after doing Haiti earthquake relief with the 82nd Airbourne Division. Over his 24-year military career, Gibson fought in the first Gulf War. He also did three tours of duty in Iraq since 2003. And he participated in the peacekeeping mission in Kosovo. Gibson told David Sommerstein he believes the country needs new leadership, something his military background provides. He says the country is going in the wrong direction.  Go to full article
Congressman Scott Murphy with his family and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Photo provided)
Congressman Scott Murphy with his family and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Photo provided)

Murphy sworn in, capping improbable political rise

Democrat Scott Murphy was sworn into office yesterday, by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The Glens Falls businessman emerged into the political theater less than three months ago and toppled one of New York state's most powerful Republican leaders. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article
Scott Murphy and Jim Tedisco
Scott Murphy and Jim Tedisco

Tedisco camp wants to use tax info to question ballots

Republican Jim Tedisco was back in court yesterday. He's hoping to prove that hundreds of ballots cast during last month's special House election should be disqualified. Tedisco's legal team says public documents show that hundreds of people who voter live primarily outside the 20th congressional district. Brian Mann has this update.  Go to full article

Tedisco suffers setbacks in fight for 20th district; Murphy maintains lead

Republican Jim Tedisco suffered two new setbacks yesterday in his bid to win the 20th district congressional seat. A tally of votes in Saratoga County failed to put him ahead of Democratic rival Scott Murphy. A judge also rejected the GOP?s effort to disqualify hundreds of ballots. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Tedisco takes lead in 20th recount

For the first time, Republican Jim Tedisco is leading the ballot count in the 20th congressinal district race. A recanvassing of votes by county officials put Tedisco 12 votes ahead of Democrat Scott Murphy. Brian Mann has this update.  Go to full article

20th Congressional campaign: 11 days left

The 20th Congressional district special election is growing more combative every day. Three men: Republican, Democrat, and Libertarian, are running to fill the House seat left open when Gov. Paterson appointed Kirsten Gillibrand to replace Hillary Clinton in the Senate. The district stretches from the Hudson Valley far south of Albany well into the Adirondacks--lots of territory. Martha Foley and Brian Mann take time to sort out the issues and politics in the campaign.  Go to full article
Jim Tedisco.
Jim Tedisco.

Tedisco breaks silence on stimulus vote

Republican Congressional candidate Jim Tedisco now says he would have voted against a massive federal stimulus package. The longtime Assemblyman from Schenectady is running to replace Kirsten Gillibrand in New York's 20th district. Until yesterday, he had refused to say how he would have voted on the $780 billion package. His opponent, Democrat Scott Murphy, criticized Tedisco for not taking a stand. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

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