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GOP Candidate Uses AIG in NY-20 Ad Campaign

Even as House members grilled AIG CEO Edward Liddy today on Capitol Hill, the bonuses paid out by the insurance giant to its executives have become an issue in a hotly contested House race in Upstate New York.

In an ad being run by state Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R) a narrator proclaims that Americans are "outraged" by the AIG bonuses and quickly seeks to draw a parallel with the Democratic nominee in the 20th district special election.

"Like AIG, Scott Murphy gave huge bonuses to executives in a company losing millions," says the narrator, adding that Murphy also supported a "loophole" that allowed the AIG execs to keep their money. "AIG and Murphy -- he's one of them," the narrator intones at the ad's close. (The Murphy campaign points out that a similar ad about executive bonuses run by the National Republican Congressional Committee was debunked by the Albany Times Union.)

The commercial hits the Albany airwaves tonight amid signs that Tedisco, who was once seen as the odds-on favorite for the seat vacated by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D), is losing altitude against Murphy despite the district's slight Republican lean.

The ad is likely to stoke an already white-hot controversy in the district over the economic stimulus bill that passed Congress last month. Murphy has said he would have supported the bill while Tedisco recently came out in opposition to it.

National Republicans have seized on a provision in the bill -- written by Connecticut Sen> Chris Dodd -- that limited executive salaries but allowed those same executives to keep their bonuses as evidence that Murphy supports the move by AIG. (Confused? The Albany Times Union has a useful rundown of how the stimulus bill is playing out as an issue in the race.)

The New York special, which is set for March 31, is now rightly regarded as a test case for this line of attack. Republicans are clearly trying to channel the populist anger and angst over AIG -- and the economy more broadly -- and turn it into a powerful political weapon against the party who controls all the levers of power in Washington.

If Tedisco wins, expect this sort of pitchfork populism (with apologies to Pat Buchanan) to crop up a lot more often in House and Senate races around the country.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 18, 2009; 7:00 PM ET
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Since Scott Murphy hasn't said he's read the bill, apparently he hasn't.

Can we afford anymore congressmen that are just going to rubber stamp everything that Nancy Pelosi wants him to do?

Our country is at a critical juncture and we need someone in congress who is going to stand up for what's right whether it's popular or not.

I'm going to vote for Jim, at least we know he'll stand up for us.

Posted by: krisited | March 20, 2009 1:13 AM | Report abuse

I encourage the left to air an ad visualizing all of the current GOP members who served during Bush's 8 years and voted for any and all policies and bills that remotely suggest deregulation of the financial institutions and AIG. At the end of the ad, ask for the same bequest they have voiced as it relates to our overworked secretary treasure, their resignation. I am so sick and tired of them playing the "no" game and calling wolf. They act like a bunch of old spoiled brats who never had to acquire a paper route in their life. Someone should call them to the table for once on every single bill and policy they promoted and approved, more particularly, Mr. I don't have any solutions Cantor. Will someone please check the voting rolls from 2001 leading up to this economic crisis for all of the GOP's who find their way on my television screen. If members of the GOP are unable to come up with any viable solutions, they need to focus their energy on campaign strategies, because I don't think their unemployed and homeless constituents will support them in the next election. Who are they fooling? Maxine.

Posted by: desertbrown | March 19, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Well, Chris Dodd will face the people in 2010. Simmons will now likely be the frontrunner. Especially with Rell running for reelection for gov., and she will likely win by a landslide. I believe Simmons will be able to ride the Republican wave in Conn. (yes, can you believe that?) and win Dodd's US Senate seat.

There is a larger issue here. Obama & Geithner should be held responsible for their actions here. Dodd inserted the bonus provision giving away our tax money, the bill was passed & Obama signed it. Geithner had to know about this provision, and likely profited from it. I don't know if Obama knew this provision was in the bill or not. Either way, he should be held responsible for giving our tax money without that accountability. If he knew, he should have to explain himself and answer for being so reckless and possibly profiting off of the American people. If Obama didn't know the provision was in the bill, that means Obama didn't read the bill. If Obama is signing a bill spending around $900,000,000 without reading it, he should be held accountable. He says he wants accountability for everyone, now is his shot to prove it by firing Geithner and endorsing a democratic primary opponent against Chris Dodd for this move. If he wants to continue the same old, tired partisan politics of the is a great chance for him to mold himself right in it.

Tedisco is doing the right thing by holding Murphy accountable for his past actions. He is going to win this election!

Posted by: reason5 | March 19, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

I’d like to know if Scott Murphy read the stimulus package before he said he would vote yes.

While I agree that we should support our new president, support doesn’t mean automatically

Saying yes without thinking about and studying the issue.

The stimulus package amendments have turned out to have one disaster and apparently no

One in congress really knows what’s in the bill.

What other problems are lurking in the stimulus package like the AIG bonus provision?

I guess Tedisco was right to take his time to read and digest the stimulus bill. Tedisco has also

Said he wants Obama to succeed and will do everything he can to help him move our country

In the right direction.

I believe him and unless Scott Murphy has a good answer I’m voting for Tedisco.

Posted by: andy5925 | March 19, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Dodd was looking for a quick fix with as little effort as possible. Typical politician. The only thing these guys pay any attention to is their retirement plan and their medical plan along with their vacation and their inside information on stock and their re-election. this is a good example of the job these porkers do.

Posted by: kimkimminni1 | March 19, 2009 8:48 AM | Report abuse

URGENT TO: Atty. Gen Eric Holder (staff, please forward)

RE: Ongoing, nationwide, federally-enabled vigilante "community gang stalking"

Mr. Holder:

The innocent but apparently "targeted" U.S. citizen who authored the articles linked below cannot leave his home without being relentlessly stalked, tailgated, menaced and harassed by organized community stalkers, equipped with networked GPS tracking devices apparently keyed to his vehicle and cellphone.

Many of these vigilante stalkers appear to be affiliated with federally-funded community watch groups and public safety units such as fire and police departments, and drive publicly-owned or subsidized vehicles.

When he does leave the house empty, there often are signs of surreptitious entry and vandalism when he returns.

The author also maintains that he is subject to the effects of so-called "directed energy" weapons and devices which have been deployed nationwide under a DOJ program.

Local and federal authorities have said they see "nothing to investigate." The author believes that is because they have extensive knowledge of this vigilante activity, and choose to let it happen.

Mr. Holder, an American Gestapo is denying untold thousands of Americans nationwide their civil and human rights. The rule of law appears to have broken down in communities nationwide, including where I live in Bucks County, PA.

Please restore civil liberties in America by taking immediate action to dismantle the officially-funded and countenanced "extrajudicial targeting and punishment network" that appears to be an outgrowth of federal programs known to your staff.

The links:

OR (if links are corrupted / disabled):

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 18, 2009 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Republicans lying? Oh my this calls for an extra print edition. Read alll about it!

Pshaw. Dishonesty is to Republicans as water is to fish.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | March 18, 2009 11:04 PM | Report abuse

I am wondering just how gullible the voters in New York are going to be, hell, Rush was screaming that without the bonuses New York City, maybe even the state, will collapse because of the lost taxes. Didn't Tedisco get that memo from the leader in chief.

Are the majority of people in Tedisco's district dittoheads, is any body listening?

Leave it to the Republican to sink into the depths of lies when it isn't going well.

Posted by: hmmmmmer | March 18, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

That's right. It's just a big distraction. 8% unemployment. Businesses closing. Homes lost. All to protect the existence of a weapon that we would trumpet if it existed. Sheesh.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | March 18, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse


While the manufactured economic crisis effectuates the fleecing of the middle class by the clever plotting of the power elite, and manufactured controversies distract the masses from the root causes of this global transfer of wealth...

...freedom also is being stolen from the people; but the mainstream media "watchdogs" are too busy chasing the manufactured tale of the day to notice who's making off out the back door with the coin of liberty.





* Silent, covert microwave radiation weapons (D.E.W.) assaults on innocent but "targeted" U.S. citizens;

* Terroristic vigilante community gang stalking, surreptitious home entry, police-tolerated vandalism;

* Secret federal "programs of personal financial destruction" that have used the IRS as an ideological tool of "social cleansing."

OR (if links are corrupted / disabled):

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 18, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

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