Dems choose newcomer to face longtime politico

"I never thought we would find anybody with the kind of energy that Kirsten Gillibrand had, but we have succeeded," he continued.

Tedisco will also be touting job creation as a goal, but plans to point to his 26 years in the Assembly.

"The constituency is going to ask the question, 'Who can get out there and hit the ground running?'" he said. "The last thing they need in this difficult economy is someone who needs a learning curve."

Battling the ailing economy will be a chief priority should he be sent to Washington. He criticized the recently approved $800 billion stimulus package, saying that any relief fund should go right into the pockets of taxpayers.

"We need a representative who's going to go out there and say, 'No, we need this money to go to the middle class and the people who need it most,'" he said.

He acknowledged that the campaigning process will be a "fast break," but he pledged to devote time in every part of the enormous district.

"What we're going to do is the same thing we've always done," said Tedisco. "I'm going to show that I can reach out, even is this brief four-to-six-week period, and talk to as many people as possible."

He's already started that process, officially kicking off his campaign on Tuesday, Feb. 3, from his Clifton Park campaign headquarters. On Saturday, he met members of the "Women for Tedisco" group in Saratoga Springs. The GOP choice maintains a blog and Web site that's often updated.

Though he'll be making appearances across the district, Tedisco noted that his electronic lines of communication makes it a lot easier for him to reach the vast constituency of the 20th " and vice-versa.

"The hallmark [of my campaign] is the understanding that a good representative is not only a good speaker, but a good listener," he said.""

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