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Monday, February 2, 2009

Here is our guy in the race to replace Kirsten in the 20th CD

Scott Murphy is the guy's name.
Mr. Murphy is an experienced venture capitalist and entrepreneur whose background includes public service. His primary responsibilities include sourcing and closing investments in New York and working with the companies in Advantage Capital's New York portfolio to help them grow. Mr. Murphy joined Advantage in 2001. He currently serves as President of the Upstate Venture Association of New York.
Prior to joining Advantage Capital, Mr. Murphy founded two different Internet-related businesses: Small World Sports, a pioneer in providing fantasy sports games that was sold to Vulcan Ventures/The Sporting News and is now the engine that runs The Sporting News fantasy games; and a web consultancy that was sold to IXL, which went public and later merged with Scient.

Mr. Murphy earned an A.B., magna cum laude from Harvard College. He has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and was named one of Glens Falls 20 Under 40 Community Leaders.

His probable opponent will be political hack-a-zoid reactionary Assemblyman Jim Tedisco. And, oh, by the way Jim, did they tell you that The National Republican Campaign Committee ended the year $6 million in debt?

The Daily News wrote this about Tedisco today:
State Republicans' lickety-split pick of a candidate for Kirsten Gillibrand's congressional seat has some insiders arguing the GOP is running "the same old tired playbook" in a contest that has highlighted tensions about how the decimated party rebuilds.

GOP county leaders in the 20th Congressional District chose Assembly Minority Leader Jim Tedisco for the special election to replace Gillibrand, now New York's junior senator.

"This is the same old thing Republicans in New York do, and it's why we're losing," one insider argued, noting the pro-life Tedisco, of Schenectady, is running in a female-heavy district, won twice by a woman, and his primary residence is outside the district.

Others cited the fact that, according to reports, John Sweeney - who lost the 20th congressional seat to Gillibrand in 2006 amid domestic-violence allegations - was pushing for Tedisco behind the scenes.