Tedisco, Murphy set to square off in 20th Congressional race

After several tumultuous weeks, the stage is set for a special election in New York's 20th Congressional District.

With the smoke now settled, Republican and Democratic committees have tapped their candidates, choosing state Assembly Minority Leader James Tedisco and venture capitalist Scott Murphy, respectively, to run for Kirsten Gillibrand's recently vacated seat.

Tedisco, who represents the 110th District in Schenectady, was picked Jan. 27 by Republican party leaders in Albany. He received a resounding vote of confidence from fellow chairpeople, stifling a bid by state Sen. Betty Little for the same position.

Murphy's announcement came Sunday after a meeting of Democratic committee leaders at an Albany-area restaurant.

The Democratic Party activist and Warren County businessman said his experience in the business sector will pay off for residents of the 20th Congressional District, as he promises to create jobs and help turn around a wavering economy.

"That's what I do," said Murphy in statement released Sunday. "I create jobs. I can talk the talk to Wall Street and I've put 1,000 jobs on Main Street."

Murphy also noted that his experience in finance would allow him to get to work immediately upon election.

"In Congress, I can instantly plunge into the most sophisticated financial conversation regarding our economic crisis," he said. "I won't have to get up to speed; I'm ready to move forward."

The Glens Falls resident cited his experience working for two Democratic governors; for one of the governors, Murphy served as deputy chief of staff. He is a graduate of Harvard University.

In Tedisco, Murphy faces an opponent with a sturdy political resume and years of experience in Albany. In a statement released by the Assembly Minority Leader, Tedisco noted that voters are most likely disenchanted with financial executives, adding that financiers "got us into this mess, and I'm not sure that they are the ones to get us out."

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