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Murphy Wins NY-20

Venture capitalist Scott Murphy (D) won the special election in New York's 20th district today after state Assemblyman Joe Tedisco (R) conceded the contest.

"Earlier today, I called and congratulated Scott Murphy on a hard-fought contest and wished him well as the next Congressman of the 20th Congressional district," Tedisco said in a statement. "I also expressed my willingness to work with him to ensure that the families of Upstate New York are not left behind as our nation strives for economic recovery."

Murphy and Tedisco were virtually tied on election night but the counting of several thousand absentee ballots benefited the Democrat. The New York Board of Elections currently shows Murphy with a 399 vote margin but Republican strategists had grown increasingly pessimistic in recent days about Tedisco's chances.

Democrats quickly pounced on the victory as an affirmation of President Obama and his economic agenda.

"In this election, voters responded to Scott Murphy's record as a successful businessman who helped to create more than 1,000 jobs and his strong support for President Obama's economic recovery package," said Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen (Md.).

Brad Woodhouse, communications director at the Democratic National Committee, described Murphy's win as an "affirmation of the direction the President is leading the country."

Rep. Pete Sessions (Texas), chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, said that although Tedisco came up short that his message of fiscal discipline provided GOPers a blueprint on which to run next year.

"Since Election Day, we continue to hear the growing chorus of frustrated and concerned citizens who demand more from their government than profligate spending and mountains of debt that will be paid for in higher taxes by our children and grandchildren," said Sessions. "Although Jim was unsuccessful in his hope to change Washington, he has shed light on our Party's efforts to win back the majority in the House."

As we have said before, the closeness of the result makes it tough to draw too many national conclusions from this race. One thing is for sure: this is an opportunity lost for Republicans.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 24, 2009; 4:04 PM ET
Categories:  House  
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100 days of RNC -
Boehner demands Congressional 'Pubs DO NOTHING to Protect America
1/30 Steele gets RNC Chair.
2/4: Steele helps Tedisco in election. sneers Tedisco victory is "repudiation" of Obama & Democratic Congress. Tedisco lost.
2/9 Steele: stimulus bill is "bling bling."
2/19 Steele: "off the hook" "urban-suburban hip-hop." GOP
2/23 Blackmails Repubs Protecting America
2/25 Steele: "slum love" for Jindal.
3/1 lambasts bigot Limbaugh
3/2 apologizes to bigot Limbaugh
3/10 GOP want Steele dumped.
3/25 (Day 55): Steele claims his stupidity choreographed
4/28 Steele says Specter flipped him bird.
4/29 GOP's Moonie Wash times rag reports RNC is organizing to remove Steele's ability to spend RNC funds

So much Kafka, so little time!

Posted by: spritey | April 29, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Hey Norm Coleman: Are you listening, whiner?

Posted by: binkynh | April 27, 2009 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Kingofzouk. Don/t spread republican bull I got $40.. extra on my pension check per month due to the tax cut and Soc. Sec. seny my letter saying I will get$250,00 next month so what's up.

Posted by: SWAMPYPD | April 27, 2009 7:23 PM | Report abuse

1. Norm Coleman, did you see this? Concede the MN senate race.

2. I think The Fix is either having to much fun with the new addition to the family or The Fix is not getting any sleep because of the new addition to his family. The NY-20 is a safe Republican district that just went Democrat, again. House districts, like horse races, are not fair contests. One of the competitors always has an advantage. When the favorite loses, something is wrong. In this case it proves that the Republican brand is an anchor.

Since the Republicans show no sign of reforming their party all they can hope for is a worsening economy and increasing unemployment all the way through 2012. If the economy perks up by 2011 and the mood of America turns sunny, there will be no point in any of them showing up for votes in Congress. Their minority will be so small that their votes simply won't matter. And that is about the same time the business wing of the Republican party finally jumps ship and joins the blue dog Democrats.

Posted by: caribis | April 27, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Sean C1: >>"I doubt they'll take control of the Senate back, but I think the House is possible"

Not a chance; they'd need to gain forty seats just to get a one-seat majority.<<

Understood, but it's not outside the realm of possibility - the Democrats won quite a few GOP-leaning districts in the last two elections, and if the GOP can stop acting like children who weren't invited to the party, they might just pull it off. I'm not saying it will happen, just that it is possible if they play the right strategy. On current track, they won't come close.

MIBROOKS: perhaps you could explain exactly what President Bush and the Republican Congress did from 2000 to 2006 that the Democrats aren't doing now?

Yours is the kind of sentiment is what is going to stop the GOP from getting anywhere in the near future. Obama is not evil. Nor are the Democrats on the Hill. Nor are they responsible for everything that is going wrong with the economy, immigration, education, healthcare, et cetera. In fact, they're patriots, just like the GOP. They just see a different - and in my opinion, wrong - way of running things.

Posted by: Breandan_from_Ireland | April 26, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Chris, good appearance today on Howie's show. You were fair, balanced, honest and funny. Good answer to the whole 100 day thing.

Posted by: katem1 | April 26, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Local school board elections are coming up here on the Main Line. As a measure of how popular the label "Republican" is, the Republican slate of school board candidates is running as "The United Slate." The word Republican does not appear on their street signs, neither do they use ol' GOP red. Their signs are an attractive Israeli flag blue.

When I moved here 17 years ago the school board had just 2 Democrats on it. Now it has just two Republicans seeking reelection.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | April 26, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

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Then demand that American Civil Liberties Union renew its fight against warrantless government spying by filing a class-action suit against unconstitutional surveillance and malicious interference with personal and business telecommunications.

Recently, while reading the ACLU blog, this reporter learned of the Bush-Cheney "doctrine" of "ideological exclusion" -- apparently used to bar political "activists" from abroad from visiting the United States.

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Posted by: scrivener50 | April 26, 2009 2:00 AM | Report abuse

Oh, just wonderful. Becasue the Democrats haven't done anything about the free passage of illegals between the U.S. and Mexico, we are now facing a pandemic, the new swine flu strain that originated in Mexico and is ravaging the Mexico City slums where most of our illegals originate, that might just kill hundreds of thousands of our citizens. Thank you President Obama and the Democratic Congress. If this disease is half as bad as the experts suggest, the Democrats are guilty of mass murder.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | April 25, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse

The GOP minority leader in the NYS Assembly, 26-year history of high profiling in local media circles, running with a 3:2 enrollment edge and more than enough money loses to a political unknown? "How can this happen?" you ask. Easy. Tedisco ran on a platform about himself, his party and his hackneyed political philosophy. Murphy just sopped up the gravy from the charred remains of a GOP political carcass burned beyond recognition by the 8-year reign of terror of George Bush and Dick Cheney. The people of the 20th Congressional District, almost en masse, decided they have had enough of the same old same old. Tedisco and his handlers were (are)entirely incapable of understanding this before, during and after this race. The GOP lost, George Bush lost (in a region mostly GOP controlled since 1865)and Jimmy Disco lost, big time! So big, in fact, the GOP's local leadership may never recover.

Posted by: dickhealy | April 25, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

A one third of one percent Affirmation.. try to chart the country's direction ..within that margin of error..

Posted by: newbeeboy | April 25, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

"I doubt they'll take control of the Senate back, but I think the House is possible"

Not a chance; they'd need to gain forty seats just to get a one-seat majority.

That kind of back-to-back swing just does not happen.

Now, a gain of seats seems likely, but we've talking in the 4-8 range, not 40+.

Posted by: SeanC1 | April 25, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

looks like messiahs promise for a tax cut for 95 percent of you has already expired. Tax hikes for all. Just like a lib. Who was
Dumb enough to fall for this sheister?

Posted by: king_of_zouk | April 25, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

I commend the Republican candidate for his gracious concession when it became obvious that he had lost! Thrash bag Coleman could take a lessen from his republican colleague. Be gracious in defeat. There will be another day. Quit running to bigger and bigger courts when you have lost!

Posted by: Opa2 | April 24, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

I've been reading the Fix for a while now, but I haven't commented on anything before. But I feel like sticking in my two cents on this.

As a political-junkie observer from overseas (I'd say neutral observer, but I have to admit a bias towards the GOP, which perhaps makes my comments even more relevant) I have to say that this is a blow to the GOP. This is an opportunity lost, simple as.

Tedisco should have taken this seat. There's no way to spin it, and you know, I'd like to see more GOP people admitting this - I think the GOP at the minute is failing to admit the reality of the situation.

If the GOP wants to have a chance to win back the House in the midterms, and pick up some Senate seats (I doubt they'll take control of the Senate back, but I think the House is possible) they need to admit the reality. They need to say 'you know what? Obama won, and most of the country likes him. And we'll give him a fair chance, and yes, we hope he succeeds because he's now the leader of our country and we want our country to succeed. But we don't agree with some of the things he's doing, and we honestly don't think it'll work. So if you agree with what the Democrats are doing, we respect that, but otherwise, we'll be an important voice trying to ensure that opposing opinions are heard and we don't have a government of yes men."

At the minute it seems too much like the GOP is opposing for the sake of opposition and because it wants Obama to fail. And most of America won't respond well to that.

Posted by: Breandan_from_Ireland | April 24, 2009 8:42 PM | Report abuse

mnteng writes
"Good luck with that. Looks like you're not getting another Senator until June."


And late June, at that.

Posted by: bsimon1 | April 24, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Sessions is right oabout this being a demonstration of a winning policy, alright, just that it is Murphy who shows the way:

Make Rush and Dick the faces of the republican party. They are more than willing to help you there.

Hang Rush, Dick, and George, (in that order) around your Republican opponents neck.

Point out the obstructionist policies of the Republican Party. The Republicans will be more than happy to help you there.

That alone is probably too much for any but the most ardently Republican district, but:

When two years of Obama coincides with two years of recovery, remind people of the jobs they lost in 2008 and 2009, and of the jobs they recovered in 2009 and 2010.

As long as the economy tyrns around at all, 2010 was destined to be a Democratic year, but since the republicans intend to remind the electorate that they are agin everything that they can't actually block, and of course were proud of the things that would have helped that they DID block, they won't have a lot of friends outside the loyal 255 legion. Since they will repeat the errors of 2009 and 2010 in 2011 and 2012, this infinite loop will continue until another party provides a branch out of the subroutine.

How long until they code in CALL ARP?

Posted by: ceflynline | April 24, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

And so the Great Republican Renaissance begins!! The slogan--ON TO DEFEAT!!

Posted by: lowercaselarry | April 24, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

oldgeek –

"Karl Rover?" Was that Bo's predecessor as FDOTUS?

No, on reflection I think that position was held by some other doofus from Texas.

Posted by: FlownOver | April 24, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Typical delusional thinking: one of his guys loses, and Sessions says he's the model. Good luck with that, Pete.

Posted by: FlownOver | April 24, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

I didn't think Murphy had a chance in hell when this started, so congratulations to him for pulling it off.

Tedisco seriously and needlessly damaged himself by not taking a position on the stimulus; I mean, most people assume a generic Republican is against the stimulus anyway. There was no upside to playing coy about it.

Posted by: SeanC1 | April 24, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Cillizza, wrong again and, unsurprisingly, wrong in a way that favors GOP spin!

The district has a 70,000 GOP advantage and has been represented by GOPs forever except for Gillibrand who knocked off a scandal-plagued DUI incumbent. Tedisco blew a TWENTY-NINE POINT LEAD and Cillizza uncritically quotes Sessions that this is a BLUEPRINT for 2010?

Democrats can only hope and pray that EVERY GOP House and Senate candidate follows Tedisco's "winning" formula!

Posted by: TeddySanFran | April 24, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

I am SO glad that I am not a member of the Prince_of_Puke's family right now. Someone is gonna catch a beating, I suspect.

Tedisco showed some class at the end, good for him and good for democracy. The rest of the Republicans fantasizing about a coup should take note.

Posted by: benjaminanderson | April 24, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

That's "Jim," not "Joe."

Posted by: EasilyEnt | April 24, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

bsimon1 writes:

"Former Senator Norm Coleman-
Please recognize how some New Yorkers still have a bit of class. Perhaps you should follow Assemblyman Tedisco's example:"

Good luck with that. Looks like you're not getting another Senator until June.

Posted by: mnteng | April 24, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

"As we have said before, the closeness of the result makes it tough to draw too many national conclusions from this race."

Wrong. R registration +70K in this district, and Murphy went from 20+ points back (no name recogintion in the district at the start) to winning the election. Says quite a bit, I'd say, starting with: the R brand stinks, folks have had quite enough warmed over S-pie, thank you.

Posted by: dailykos1 | April 24, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

"Rep. Pete Sessions (Texas), chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, said that although Tedisco came up short that his message of fiscal discipline provided GOPers a blueprint on which to run next year."

Who was the last fiscally responsible conservative republican???

Is Sen. Cornyn going to lead the fight from the Senate to prevent the House from seating Rep. Murphy??

Posted by: The-Historian | April 24, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

For Murphy even to have come close in such a staunchly Republican district would arguably still have been a moral victory, but this is a literal one as well. Bravo!

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | April 24, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Jim Tedisco adopted the campaign tactics of Karl Rover, the attitude of Dick Cheney and the words of Rush and saw a 30 point lead in the polls disappear. His approach of running against President Obama and just say and blaming Democrats for all the country's ills did not sell.

Scott Murphy in sharp contrast ran a positive campaign spoke about issues that would help improve the lives of the voters and the country.

The Republicans can make whatever excuses they want but their negative message and attitude continues to be rejected by voters. Rush, Cheney and other negative Republicans are living in the past and their words cannot erase their failures and the mess they have caused here and abroad.


Posted by: oldgeek143 | April 24, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Just got one thing to say:

"Nah Nah Nah Nah
Nah Nah Nah Nah
Hey Hey Hey

GOODBYE!"

Enjoy your forty years in the wilderness, America-hating neocons!

Posted by: WillSeattle | April 24, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

When Tedisco was ahead by a few votes, Zouky wrote this:

"Moonbats. The libs lost a seat. There is no way to spin this. The Obama tide is receding."

Posted by: king_of_zouk | April 9, 2009 11:58 PM
______________________________________

Zouky: Do you wake up every morning with a prayer to be wrong about everything?

Posted by: Bondosan | April 24, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

"Rep. Pete Sessions (Texas), chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, said that although Tedisco came up short that his message of fiscal discipline provided GOPers a blueprint on which to run next year."


Huh? A known politician in what used to be a reliably conservative district couldn't beat an unknown kid that looks like Opie from the Andy Griffith show and you're calling it a 'blueprint on which to run next year?' You guys are worse off than I thought.

Posted by: bsimon1 | April 24, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

This is a very important victory for the Democratic Party as it reflects that the sentiment in a heavily weighted Republican District has not changed since the election of President Obama. The Republican Party continues to retreat to what it views as the fundamentals of it's base, which is growing further and further out of touch the with the mainstream of American political thought. When I grew up in New York State the Governor was Nelson Rockefeller and shortly thereafter the Mayor of New York City was John V. Lindsey. As a Democrat, these New York Republicans could easily draw substantial numbers of Democratic voters. What is wrong with being a "liberal Republican." To be a Republican today, you are required to be in favor of cutting taxes for any project that helps people, unless it is for warfare. War gets a blank check in the Republican Party, right along with torture, corruption, deals with lobbyists, big oil and gas and reducing the strength of unions and lowering the salary's of all Americans except the wealthiest ones. Thanks to the Republican philosophy they will be out of power for the next "Forty Years," as James Carville suggests in the recent book. The Republican's being out of power will undoubtedly be the best thing for the average American. We may actually get something like National Health Care, higher paying union jobs, a Congress not controlled by banks and lobbyists, and foreign relations based upon negotiation rather than brute force.

Posted by: garygramer | April 24, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

So much for the start of the big GOP comeback. Better luck next time, losers!

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | April 24, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Former Senator Norm Coleman-
Please recognize how some New Yorkers still have a bit of class. Perhaps you should follow Assemblyman Tedisco's example:

"Earlier today, I called and congratulated Scott Murphy on a hard-fought contest and wished him well as the next Congressman of the 20th Congressional district," Tedisco said in a statement. "I also expressed my willingness to work with him to ensure that the families of Upstate New York are not left behind as our nation strives for economic recovery."

Posted by: bsimon1 | April 24, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Pete Sessions?

Would that be the same "Osama-Tex Sessions" who said that the GOP needs to be more like a "Taliban Insurgency"?

"Grandpa, what was a republican?"

Posted by: Tomcat3 | April 24, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

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