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Biden, DNC Jump In NY Race to Try to Beat Tedisco

By Rick Pedraza   |   Thursday, 26 Mar 2009 04:12 PM

Vice President Joe Biden today released a radio spot and the Democratic National Committee let loose with another $5,000 in the hope of pulling out a last-minute special-election victory for upstate New York House candidate Scott Murphy against Republican Jim Tedisco.

Murphy, who is looking to keep for the Democrats New York's 20th District seat left vacant when Kirsten Gillibrand was tapped to fill Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s former Senate post, is in a too-close-to-call race with Tedisco with just days to go.

Tedisco, a fiscal conservative who also is minority leader in the State Assembly, has a 4-point lead in the latest Sienna Research Institute poll, but some pollsters say the lead down the home stretch may be as slim as 2 points.

Chasing on the heels of President Barack Obama’s endorsement yesterday, Biden assures in the ad that he, too, is “supporting Scott Murphy for Congress."

In the ad for Murphy, Biden says, “As a graduate of Syracuse Law School, I not only root for the Orange, I root for Upstate New York, as well.

“Scott's a businessman who helped create over 1,000 jobs. He knows people have to work together to get things done, and he'll work with Democrats and Republicans in Congress to get things done for Upstate New York,” Biden continues in the spot for Murphy.

Biden’s political endorsement was joined by that of DNC Chairman Tim Kaine, who has received criticism for having largely kept his distance from the race. Kaine threw an additional $5,000 on top of the first $5,000 he already has contributed to the New York businessman and venture capitalist’s campaign.

In addition to the money, Kaine’s staff sent an email to more than 500 donors requesting contributions to Murphy, the Politico reports.

Obama on Wednesday reached out in support of Murphy to more than 50,000 individuals from his massive donor list compiled during his presidential bid, the Washington Times reports. Democrats close to Obama, however, reportedly remain cautious about putting their necks out for him, according to sources who tell Politico.

Murphy is getting public support for his campaign by several big-name Democrats, however, including N.Y. Gov. David Paterson, Hillary and Bill Clinton, and Gillibrand herself.

GOP leaders publicly campaigning for Tedisco include Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, House Minority Leader John Boehner, and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

The upstate district, just two hours north of New York City, has had a Republican congressman 18 of the past 24 years; however both parties consider the outcome to be of great importance. The race has turned out to be more a referendum on the Obama administration's economic policies.

To-date, the RNC has contributed $275,000 to the Tedisco campaign, and the National Republican Congressional Committee has staked him to more than $550,000, according to Federal Election Commission records.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee had spent more than $373,000 on the race through Monday, and both Tedisco and Murphy have at least $200,000 of their own money in the race.

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