The Democratic candidate in the 20th Congressional District special election might be a relative newcomer to the world of politics, but Glens Falls businessman Scott Murphy is hoping that voters will give him the nod in light of an ever-expanding economic crisis.
Standing on a platform of job creation and throwing support to President Obama's economic recovery package, Murphy has been touring the district ever since clinching his party's nomination. He stopped in Saratoga Springs on Thursday, Feb. 19, to officially open his area campaign headquarters, located on Broadway, a stone's throw from Congress Park.
There, he acknowledged that perhaps his greatest challenge in the upcoming elections will be competing with the instant name recognition of his opponent, James Tedisco, R-Schenectady, who has served in the Assembly for over a quarter century.
But Murphy, who moved to Glens Falls three years ago, feels that what the voters of the 20th Congressional District are hungry for isn't a career politician, but for political outsiders like him with real-world business experience that will be invaluable in solving the ongoing economic crisis.
At the end of the day, in these economically trying times, I think it's a pretty clear choice, said Murphy in an interview following the headquarters opening. "In terms of experience, it's a person who has been part of the system his entire career and brings a partisan mentality, and somebody who brings a sort of solution-oriented business mentality and a different experience to the table."
Murphy's wife, Jennifer, is native to the 20th, as is her extended family. Murphy mentioned 57-member Sunday dinners in Glens Falls, and credited his wife with introducing him to the area.
"Part of the reason I got involved in this race is because I know all too well how much of a challenge it's going to be for all 30 of my nieces and nephews, and my three kids, to find jobs and opportunity here in Upstate New York, where they can have a good job at a livable wage and be able to raise their own family as part of this community," he said.