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Congressional candidates exchange barbs as they christen campaign offices

"The current economy should not lead to a knee-jerk reaction leading to more spending and more taxes," Tedisco said. "I believe we should read every page of any legislation before voting for it," he said referring to the recently adopted 1,100 page, federal $783 billion stimulus package.

Tedisco said that his record of challenging some of the most powerful individuals in Albany stands alone as an irrefutable example of his independence and constituent-centered approach.

"I never have been, and will never be, a lemming," Tedisco said. "No party or special interest group will ever tell me how to vote - the only special interest groups I am concerned with are the citizens."

Tedisco said he supports temporarily extending welfare in order to help people weather the current economic storm.

Tedisco also took the opportunity to take shots at Murphy.

"It is unwise to think of government as a business - government is not out to make a profit," Tedisco said. "I didn't spend my life trying to make millions of dollars. I am concerned with creating a better quality of life for my constituents."

Tedisco said that the citizens of the Adirondack Park have been "ripped off" too many times by a government that doesn't keep promises and too often shifts the burden on Adirondack citizens.

"The governor's move to freeze state-owned land in the park will drastically shift the burden onto the residents," he said. "I will take this fight to Washington as well - this is just another example of rubbing salt in Adirondackers' wounds."

The special election for the Congressional seat is scheduled for March 31.

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