Jim Tedisco, the Republican running in the special election in New York’s 20th congressional district, called for Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner’s resignation today. I’m iffy on the policy, but it’s tough to say it’s not cheap, easy, good politics right now.
My reader from within New York’s 20th congressional district offers an update:
It’s been a week now and I thought I’d update you on how the north end of NY-20 seems to be tacking today . . .
Lawn signs are probably 30-1 in favor of Tedisco. He’s everywhere.
Murphy has gone negative, and it’s really a stretch. DNC has put out a commercial that talks about Tedisco billing $21k for fuel or per diem or something along those lines. My husband’s reaction? “Oooh, $21k, that’s SO much money. Don’t the Dems realize half the people who live in Albany are state workers, and probably count on some form of per diem for spending money? How do you let the guy who lives in Orange County get per diem but not the guy from Schenectady? Stupid argument.” Not only that, he happened to catch that the date on one of the expense reports shown in the commercial is from the early 80’s. Not very persuasive.
Dems are also highlighting Tedisco’s late comments on the stimulus plan. Unfortunately, all that’s doing is highlighting the fact once again that the bill passed in a rush without any Dems or GOP’ers actually reading the darn thing–and OH YEAH–that’s how the AIG bonuses ended up getting paid! Dangerous territory for them. I think all it will do is remind the voters of how ticked they are, nothing compared to a squeak of righteous indignation that Tedisco should’ve said he didn’t like the stimulus bill sooner. Most people I talk to don’t think the plan will work and are in total and complete bailout fatigue.
I’ve seen two Tedisco commercials, one of which is the “we’re all on the same team” commercial you had referenced in an earlier post. It didn’t make me want to jump up and down, but it does appeal to reasonable GOP’ers who actually respect the office of the presidency and refuse to engage in the inane, hateful behavior exhibited by Dems when Bush was in charge. We don’t like Obama’s policies and may not even like him as a person, but we’d beat the crap out of anyone from France who makes fun of him . . . know what I mean? Anyway, I wish that commercial had run at the beginning of Jim’s campaign. It highlights his decency. The other Tedisco commercial I’ve seen is a state or national GOP ad (can’t remember) that talks about Murphy creating jobs in India when upstate is hurting. This time it features a much more serious tone, and while I think that argument has been made and is now redundant, it’s not as damaging as the other silly ads that were running up until last week.
My parents a bit south of here in an affluent suburb had door-to-door visitors for Tedisco this weekend. Nothing from Murphy. I’ve only had Tedisco mailings and visits; no Murphy. Maybe he figures the now-liberal city of Saratoga is locked up?
And finally, was at a coffee clatch last night and one of the moms mentioned that she accompanied her daughter’s grade school class to a Tedisco speech at a local elementary school. She was very impressed with his kindness and affability. She said he approached each child, asked their name, shook their hand and chatted with them. Each child received an autographed photo in the mail afterwards. I personally don’t know anyone who’s met Murphy. This mother was voting for Tedisco and praised him to the skies in front of the other moms.
While Tedisco has had to live down the local coverage of Siena’s horrible 4-point poll, I’m hoping he’s started to stem the tide of negativity and at the very least hold his lead. Folks around here are beyond the point of anger with the AIG bonuses and bailouts. Remember, upstaters have the impression that it’s really wealthy, downstate liberals running Albany. Look at Paterson’s approval ratings. Fatigue is the key word right now. Unless Murphy can make a strong case for change, he may begin to slip, as people will end up going with the guy they’re most familiar with. I’m not sure Obama is as popular here as he was back in November; I’ve had more than one Obama voter tell me now that they actually regret their vote. Not GOP’ers, either.
That’s the view from here–off to fill out and mail my absentee ballot.