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On The Air In NY-20

Democrat Scott Murphy and Republican Jim Tedisco, locked in a special election battle for the vacant seat in New York's 20th District, have both recently hit the airwaves with new ads. Tedisco's campaign launched two new TV ads -- one positive and one negative -- while the DCCC has funded a new radio ad for Murphy, who has also had ads on TV.

Tedisco's positive ad, titled "He's Fighting For Us," features Tedisco and a series of supporters talking up his legislative achievements. "Jim Tedisco single-handedly saved that health clinic," says one supporter. "Told Spitzer: 'no driver's licenses for illegal aliens,'" said another.

His negative ad, "Scott Murphy Never Wanted Us To Know," hits Murphy for his work as a venture capitalist. "Murphy's just another Wall Street millionaire, hiding a past that's threatening our future."

Meanwhile, Murphy's radio ad, "Just Won't Do," defends his tax-paying record, which Tedisco and the NRCC have been using as an attack line for weeks, and knocks Tedisco for refusing to state whether he supports the economic stimulus package signed by President Obama. Newspaper editorials in the district have called on Tedisco to take a stand on the stimulus.

Here is an excerpt from the ad:

The worst economic downturn since the Great Depression ... even more jobs lost Upstate. But Jim Tedisco refuses to say whether he supports President Obama's economic policies ... refuses to say whether he supports the jobs stimulus law. Instead, Jim Tedisco attacked his opponent, and The Times Union confirms Jim Tedisco's attack on Scott Murphy, quote, "misrepresents the facts." Scott Murphy has paid all his taxes.