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Thursday, March 12

Impressions of Tedisco

Two weeks after Democratic congressional candidate Scott Murphy came to visit us, Republican candidate James Tedisco stopped by. As I said after the Murphy visit, this was my first opportunity to sit down with the candidate. Here are my impressions:

Tedisco has a huge advantage in this race, due to the fact that he is a long-time state legislator. Whether or not your agree with his politics, you cannot deny that experience in politics will be of some use to the successful candidate. It also gives Tedisco a track record for him to point to and say: "Look at what I've done." This important, and Tedisco knows it, and duly plays it up. As he should.

However, in our editorial board meeting, he sometimes got bogged down in talking too much about what he has done, and not what he will do. We can infer, from statements that he has made, that he will fight for tax relief for the middle class, among other actions.

Much has been made of negative ads in this campaign, and to the casual observer, it probably seems that both sides are dishing out the negativity. But, there is one important distinction. The negative adds targeting Scott Murphy are paid fore solely by the RNCC, while some of the ads targeting Tedisco are paid for by the Murphy campaign.*

The RNCC, and the blue counterpart to it, the DCCCC, are national groups that act of their own volition, and with which the candidates can have no contact, as stipulated by the McCain-Feingold bill. So, I'll take Tedisco at his word when he says that the negative ads targeting Murphy "suck." (Yes, he really said that). However, the overall tone of the campaign has been negative, and you can't blame Murphy for wanting to fight back.

As a guy sitting in a room, Tedisco seems like a guy you'd want to talk to. He is unassuming, knowledgable and confident -- even as he avoids putting a 'yes' or 'no' on whether or not he would have voted for Obama's economic recovery act.

* Added 3/17 at 9:45 p.m.: The Murphy campaign objects to this characterization, and site this video as an example of a negative ad paid for directly by the Tedisco campaign. OK, so both sides went negative...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scott Murphys' ads are just as negative probably more because he's the underdog,the difference here as far as your newspaper goes, has to do with labels one democrat,one Republican it seems to me you are going to manufacture resons to support Murphy because he's a democrat plain and simple.

March 13, 2009 at 8:47 AM 
Anonymous gerard hawthorne said...

There is no more room in Washington for guys like Tedisco. We all know he has and will continue to do what's best for him, not what's best for us. I could never vote for him knowing his connections to Bruno and a pending investigation.
Andrew, I would like to know why the paper refuses to print my letter to the editor. Post Star had it in their paper just a few days ago while the saratogian has not even when I sent it twice! What's up with that? Is it true your paper is a backer of Tedisco so no one else can speak out?

March 14, 2009 at 11:10 AM 
Blogger Andrew J. Bernstein said...

I apologize for the delay in posting your comment, I was off for a few days.

As far as your letter, I think you should re-send it, as it appears not to have been downloaded. Of course we value all reader's opinions. The paper has not yet made an endorsement in this race. Thanks, AB

March 17, 2009 at 2:29 PM 

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