Sue Montgomery Corey, Essex County Democratic Committee chair, disagreed, noting that it's Murphy's experience on Main Street that stands out.
"He's a Harvard graduate and a venture capitalist," she said. "Although you'll see in his resume that he worked on Wall Street for a little while early in his career, Scott has found that working on Main Street is a lot more satisfying."
According to Corey, the Democratic Committee considered more than 30 candidates, eventually settling on Murphy despite his relative lack of experience in politics.
"He knows what it's like to start a business, worry about payroll and keep the doors open," said Corey. "His efforts have helped to create more than 1,000 jobs."
The 20th Congressional District comprises much of the eastern edge of New York State, stretching from Poughkeepsie to Lake Placid. It includes all of Columbia, Greene, Warren and Washington counties and parts of Delaware, Dutchess, Essex, Otsego, Rensselaer and Saratoga counties.
According to New York State law, the governor must announce a special election to fill the vacant seat; an election that must be held at least 30 but no more than 40 days after the proclamation.
That leaves insufficient time for primaries, so the choice for candidates is left to the party chair people from each of the 10 counties in the district.