A super-short election campaign that started with soft, introductory ads by the two candidates running for U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s former House seat has turned into ads faulting one another’s records and now that one candidate’s radio spot is misleading. (The election is March 31.)
Republican candidate Jim Tedisco of Schenectady, Assembly minority leader, is accusing Democrat Scott Murphy of misrepresenting Tedisco’s position on pay for chief executive officers whose companies accept financial bailout money from taxpayers. The ad states that Tedisco doesn’t support capping compensation, but Tedisco said he does, and he is providing a copy of an article from an area newspaper to back that up.
Scott Murphy’s advertisement is a “desperate attempt” to is running a radio advertisement that is a bold-faced lie,” said Joshua Fitzpatrick, communications director for Tedisco for Congress.
“Scott Murphy needs to take down his false ad. We are calling on radio stations to stop running the ad, and for voters to hold Murphy accountable for lying about Jim Tedisco’s support for capping the compensation of CEOs whose companies got bailed out by taxpayers,” Fitzpatrick said.
According to Murphy’s campaign, Murphy is the only one that has come out in favor of caps and, referring to the newspaper article, “Tedisco refused to state his position on the issue even though the proposal was straightforward. Tedisco was pressed by the reporter several times on the specific policy of capping compensation at $500,000 for executives of companies receiving bailout money.”
A news release from Murphy’s campaign describes Tedisco as a “double-talking career Albany politician.”
The district covers all or parts of Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Essex, Greene, Otsego, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties. It has about 70,000 more enrolled Republicans than Democrats.
Gov. David Paterson appointed Gillibrand, who was in her second term, to fill the spot left open when Hillary Clinton became President Barack Obama’s secretary of state.