Hoyer to Campaign in New York for Murphy

Posted February 17, 2009 at 10:50am

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) will be the latest Capitol Hill celebrity to visit upstate New York in recent days to boost the special election bid of venture capitalist Scott Murphy (D).

Hoyer and Murphy will appear together at the Public Employees Federation Union Hall in Poughkeepsie on Tuesday night to discuss the economic stimulus package that President Barack Obama is signing into law.

Murphy is competing against state Assembly Minority Leader James Tedisco (R) in the special House election to replace now-Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D), who was appointed to the Senate in late January. The election will likely take place March 31, although the date has not been set in stone yet.

Murphy made appearances in the district over the weekend with Gillibrand and then with New York’s senior Senator, Charles Schumer (D).

Tedisco, meanwhile, has been staging rallies across the vast district, which takes in 10 counties and runs from the New York City exurbs all the way to the Adirondack Mountains.

On Tuesday, Tedisco released his first TV ad of the campaign. The biographical spot is titled “One of Us.” The ad was produced by the Victory Group and is airing throughout the district on cable and network TV. Murphy began airing ads last week.