McLaughlin, who is a businessman, said that he has heard many concerns going door-to-door in the 108th District, which includes parts of Albany, Rensselaer, Columbia and Greene counties.
He said residents are angry and disgusted with New York government and that the elderly in particular are fearful of the current economic environment and high rate of taxes in the state.
"I was told by someone over the age of 50 at one home, 'Good luck, I hope you win and fight the good fight, but I'm leaving the state because I can't afford the taxes,'" McLaughlin said. "There's nothing good about people leaving the state."
McLaughlin said Gordon is "fearful" of his challenge.
"Tim Gordon ought to be ashamed of himself for allowing his campaign cronies to engage in such heavy-handed Boss Tweed-style tactics to deny voters their basic constitutional rights," he said.
"It's clear that Gordon is running scared from his inability and unwillingness to take decisive action to cap property taxes and ease the pain at the gas pump for middle class families."
McLaughlin had even more heavy-handed criticism to offer Gordon.
"Now that Gordon's scheme to steal this election has been totally rejected, it's time for him to stop lounging around on vacation and get back to work and do the job that taxpayers are paying him to do: Cap property taxes and reduce the out-of-control spending that is crippling our economy," McLaughlin said.
"Gordon must realize he's in trouble with voters after sitting at the Capitol silently for two years being a puppet of Speaker Silver and the special interest groups."
McLaughlin and his wife of 17 years, Maggie, have an 11-year-old son, Sean, and a 12-year-old son, Danny, who both attend Hoosick Valley schools. He was a commercial pilot in Albany and was also a corporate pilot for KeyBank, and has maintained "a perfect safety record" with more than 12,000 hours of flight time.""