Brian Walsh

With local support continuing to erode for incumbent Democrat Scott Murphy, the campaign in New York’s 20th Congressional District is going to come down to the wire on Election Day.  Having overcome Murphy’s significant cash advantage and backing from national Democrats, retired Army Colonel Chris Gibson’s strong campaigning quickly made this seat one to watch.  The latest polling shows Gibson leading Murphy, and The Cook Political Report rates NY-20 as a “Toss Up”.

After winning last year’s special election by a mere 726 votes, Murphy promised “to bring jobs, opportunity, and prosperity back to Upstate New York.”  The unfortunate reality, voters were quick to learn, was that once Murphy got to Washington, it didn’t take him long to become part of the problem.  He made his support of the failed stimulus bill clear and, while in Congress, he voted for Pelosi’s government takeover of healthcare, which cuts Medicare benefits and raises taxes.

Gibson represents a new path forward for a district disappointed in a representative who has failed to create jobs and refused to demonstrate any sense of fiscal discipline.  While Murphy keeps busy with desperate attempts to come off as independent from party bosses, Gibson has shown he’s ready to lead and accept another mission in service of his country. 

Original Post (06/29/2010):

In Upstate New York lies New York’s 20th Congressional District, a largely rural district currently held by vulnerable freshman Democrat Scott Murphy. Murphy narrowly won the seat by just over 700 votes on March 31, 2009 in a hard-fought special election after two-term Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand resigned to replace Hillary Clinton in the Senate.  Republican Chris Gibson, a retired Army Colonel, will challenge Murphy this November to take back the 20th District in a race the Cook Political Report rates as a “Likely Dem.”

Brian Walsh

Brian Walsh is the Political Director of the National Republican Congressional Committee.