GOP Group: N.Y. House Candidate Backs ‘Radical Agenda’

By Lindsey Ellerson

Mar 13, 2009 3:19pm

ABC News’ Rick Klein reports: National money is set to flow into the tightening race for an upstate New York House seat, with an outside group set to make a major TV purchase to seek to boost the prospects of Republican Jim Tedisco. The ad — funded by the National Republican Trust, which is set to drop $200,000 into the race in the next two weeks — attacks Democratic candidate Scott Murphy’s record on jobs, according to a copy of the ad obtained by ABC News. “Scott Murphy bragged he created thousands of jobs — but just not here in New York. He created jobs in India,” the ad says, picking up on a theme being hammered by the National Republican Campaign Committee. As a possible window into 2010 GOP messaging, the ad goes on to say that Murphy will support a “radical agenda,” tying him to the fiscal woes in Washington. The ad, however, does not mention President Obama. “Now he’s promised to back a radical agenda — trillions in wasteful spending, job killing taxes, crushing debt,” the ad says. The campaign for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s old House seat is considered a prime pick-up opportunity for Republicans. A Siena College poll released this week showed the race tightening in advance of the March 31 special election. News of the buy from the National Republican Trust comes in the wake of Tedisco’s statement attempting to distance himself from the NRCC. "I’m taking over and we’re going to run a campaign that relates to the people of the 20th Congressional District," Tedisco told the Glen Falls Post-Star.

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