In First Debate, Murphy Presses Tedisco on Stimulus, of Course

tedisco hedshot In First Debate, Murphy Presses Tedisco on Stimulus, of CourseSARATOGA SPRINGS—As expected, Democratic congressional candidate Scott Murphy brought up the recently passed federal stimulus package over a dozen times during the course of his first 90-minute debate with Jim Tedisco at the public library here—with varying degrees of directness.

At least once, he directly challenged Tedisco to say how he would have voted. The assembly minority leader did not oblige, and the structure of the debate did not allow for direct exchanges between the candidates.

But after the debate, in front of several television cameras, a seemingly frustrated Tedisco told reporters, "I've always been clear on that. I support a stimulus package with the amendments to take out the waste."

Murphy's campaign has started a movement to get Tedisco to say whether he would have voted for or against the bill. Tedisco has called such a question "hypothetical."

Tedisco has articulated general principles on stimulating the economy, and when pressed in a recent television interview described the sort of stimulus bill he might support. In reference to the actual bill he said, "I'm not going to go backwards, because it's already passed."