President Obama Sends GOTV Blast To NY-20

If you wondered whether President Obama would shirk from the rabid advocacy for the election of Democrats he exhibited throughout the campaign once elected, we now have our answer. Not only has the president endorsed Scott Murphy and the DNC cut a TV ad highlighting that endorsement and not only has Joe Biden cut a radio ad for Murphy, but today the president blasted his list to get out the vote for the Democrat, complete with online polling place look-up tool.

Hat tip to The Albany Project for the e-mail:

Tomorrow, Tuesday, is the day to vote in New York's 20th Congressional District special election, and I need you to go vote.

I wrote to you last week to announce my endorsement of Scott Murphy because we need his kind of leadership and experience in Washington. It's going to be a very close race, and your vote could make all the difference.

Our movement for change has come this far because supporters like you stood up and made your voices heard every time it mattered.

Please look up your polling location and stand up once again for the change we need to bring to Washington.

With Scott in Congress, we'll work together to bring about solutions to our economic challenges and create new jobs in Upstate New York and across the country.

Having created over 1,000 jobs by starting successful businesses in clean energy and high-tech industries, Scott understands the potential we have to rebuild our economy and create a new foundation for prosperity.

That's the kind of partner I need in Washington. Please look up your polling place and vote tomorrow:

Thank you,

President Barack Obama

No wonder the ceremonial lowering of expectations game and the pre-emptive laying of blame have already begun among Republicans:

On the radio with Fred Dicker this morning, GOP consultant Roger Stone insisted Tedisco can "squeak this out," but also suggested it won't be his fault if he doesn't.

One GOP source said internal polling showedTedisco down by two to three percentage points as of Friday, which is about what the last Siena NY poll found, too. That means this could still be anyone's race.

In Stone's eyes, the NRCC will be to blame for pressing on Tedisco a "terrible strategy," adding: "Voters are looking for a fiscal conservative. That's what Tedisco is. He just needed to let the voters know that."

Most observers agree Tedisco's biggest mistake was, as Stone put it, "his attempt to finesse the stimulus bill." (Or, as I like to call it, the Jimmy Vielkind moment).

That put Tedisco on the defensive, and he never recovered - even though he tried, mightily, to tie Murphy to everything that was bad about the stimulus, including the AIG bonuses.

In addition, instead of running positive TV ads to remind voters of who he is, Tedisco opted to go on the attack against Murphy, which only helped raise the name recognition of a man who was a nearly complete unknown at the outset of this race.

Final stretch. Polls open in 9 hours. Help Scott Murphy bring it home.

Tags: GOTV, NY-20, President Obama, scott murphy (all tags)



Re: President Obama Sends GOTV Blast To NY-20

Jimmy Vielkind  moment?

That was an obscure reference.

No one questions your regional on-the-ground awareness now!  

I am so pleased we are wining this. Every day I am glad Obama is President Of The United States.

by redwagon 2009-03-30 05:24PM | 0 recs
If Murphy wins this race

it'll be with almost no support from some of the netroots.  In fact, sites like FDL and Open Left are totally ignoring this race, hoping that Murphy loses, because they perceive him as a "blue dog," despite the fact he has been an open supporter for EFCA and the President's stimulus plan during his campaign.

by West of the Fields 2009-03-30 06:40PM | 0 recs
Re: If Murphy wins this race

you know, I woud rather have a congress of Democratic "Blue dogs" and "progressives" than just about anything the current Republicans have right now.  THAT sounds like a congress I can believe in!  

by Hammer1001 2009-03-30 07:45PM | 0 recs
Re: If Murphy wins this race

I'd love to see a congress of Democratic progressives.  And Scott Murphy is definitely a progressive.  He isn't a Walt Minnick, who votes against his party 100% of the time, while also calling himself a "blue dog" democrat.

by West of the Fields 2009-03-30 08:03PM | 0 recs
Re: If Murphy wins this race

Doesn't a congress of blue dogs and progressives become a congress of republicans and democrats?  A perfect example of the Marxian dialectic at work.

by orestes 2009-03-31 01:52PM | 0 recs
I am finding it hard to get excited

about this race, I admit. Why has he promised to join the Blue Dogs? I don't feel like empowering their caucus, because they seem to be working against what needs to be done in several crucial areas.

by desmoinesdem 2009-03-30 10:48PM | 0 recs
Because this is a Blue Dog district

quite honestly Murphy is too liberal for it. If he wins, it's gonna be despite his views on some issues like the death penalty and labor.

by DTOzone 2009-03-30 11:29PM | 0 recs
Re: President Obama Sends GOTV Blast To NY-20

This would be a sweet victory if we can get it....any time a Republican loses, America becomes a better place.

by werd2406 2009-03-30 07:14PM | 0 recs


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