Barbs Fly In 20th House Race (Updated)

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First, Democratic congressional candidate Scott Murphy today called on his Republican opponent Jim Tedisco to say whether he would vote for economic stimulus package, which Tedisco avoided answering yesterday.

“The least Assemblyman Tedisco can do on his ‘road to recovery tour’ is say how he’d vote on the economic recovery package that being signed today by President Obama,” said Murphy, who said he would have voted in favor of the package.

Then the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee fired back with this: Murphy registered to vote in New York City in 1996, but from March 2000 until March 2004 he didn’t vote in as many as eight different elections.

A Murphy spokesman had no immediate comment.

The voting record criticism comes after the GOP alleged that Murphy failed to pay taxes on a company he owned.

“Middle-class families in upstate New York deserve a representative in Congress who has a proven track record of fighting for their interests and needs, not someone who still has so many unanswered questions about his past,” said NRCC spokesman Ken Spain.

Updated: Murphy responded with this statement, but didn’t address the voting allegations.

“”I haven’t seen the attack. I’ve been meeting with voters and hearing about what’s important to them — saving and creating jobs, and getting the economy back on track,” Murphy said in a statement. “President Obama was right during the campaign, folks are tired of these gotcha attacks from career politicians, they want people in Washington with the know how to get things done.”

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  1. the consultant on

    HOW CAN A CANDIDATE FOR THE US CONGRESS NOT ANSWER THAT
    QUESTION…THE ANSWER IS NOT IN THE FORM IT WAS PASSED
    BECAUSE IT DOES NOT DEAL WITH THE HOUSING ISSUE…
    AND IT DOES NOT PROVIDE ENOUGH IMMEDIATE STIMULUS
    PERIOD….