This Tuesday voters in New York's Twentieth Congressional District will vote in a special election to fill the empty seat vacated when Kirsten Gillibrand was appointed U.S. Senator. The 20th district is a large gerrymandered district stretching from Lake Placid all the way south to Dutchess County then west to the Oneonta area. It's really a ridiculously designed district, which includes Saratoga Springs, originally gerrymandered to keep John Sweeney or any other Republican in power. Well we all know how that plan went.
Anyway I have received no less than six flyers in the mail in the past week or so attacking Scott Murphy. I generally do not write much about politics on here, but this race caught my attention. The flyers weren't directly from the Tedisco campaign, but obviously part of a concerted effort from the Republicans on his behalf. I thought the flyers' negativity and repetitiveness were ridiculous and I suspected they could backfire, and if one is to believe the most recent Siena poll, that may be the case. It's also worth mentioning that the Albany Times Union endorsed Murphy in today's edition. I was going to write more about this race and the effect of all of this negativity, but a much more eloquent writer than I, Fred LeBrun of the Times Union, did just that. So I will simply link his column here.