Dems offer a fresh face for 20th

Murphy, 39, was born and raised in Missouri, the son of a postal worker and elementary school teacher. There, he served on the staff of two governors.

Running on a platform of job creation, Murphy has been applauding President Obama's recently passed $787 billion economic recovery package, and criticizing Tedisco for failing to take a "yes or no" position on it.

"My opponent apparently can't decide whether or not he would have voted for the economic recovery act," said Murphy. "We need leadership. Leaders have to decide."

He's hoping that taking a strong stance on the package " which he admits is not perfect, but is necessary " will help him win favor in the overwhelmingly Republican district. He also plans to follow in the footsteps of Kirsten Gillibrand, the popular Democrat who recently graduated to the Senate.

Murphy, like Gillibrand, describes himself as a "Blue Dog" Democrat, and says he has applied for membership of that caucus if elected. Like other Blue Dogs, Murphy says he is a fiscal conservative.

"As a businessperson, that resonated with me, because I'm used to having to meet a payroll and make sure you have the money to pay your bills," he said.

A support of hunter's rights is also on his agenda, as is living up to the standard Gillibrand set for transparency in government through the continuation of Congress on Your Corner events and keeping an open schedule.

Though Murphy couldn't say what the tenor of the next five weeks will be, it's clear that both parties will be playing to win in this high-profile race.

Republicans, for example, are accusing Murphy of failing to vote for four years while he lived in New York City.

When asked to respond, Murphy did not refute the claim, instead dismissing it as a derogatory distraction.

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