Biden Will Come Upstate to Tout the Stimulus, With Murphy

ALBANY—Vice President Joe Biden will travel to suburban Clifton Park Thursday for an event to tout the effects of the federal stimulus package, according to a press release.

The trip comes at a time when the effectiveness of the stimulus money is coming into question, and Biden is the man in front of the issue. He will speak at Shenendehowa High School, a suburban district that used stimulus money to blunt proposed roughly $2 million worth of cuts between the proposed budget and the adopted budget. (Full disclosure: I'm a Shenendehowa alum.)

Biden will appear with Representative Scott Murphy, a Democrat who was elected in the district encompassing Clifton Park and who campaigned heavily by drawing a contrast between his pledge to support the stimulus package, and his opponent Jim Tedisco's initial refusal to say how he would have voted, and eventual opposition to the bill.

Murphy even visited Shenendehowa during the campaign to make this point, and Biden cut a radio ad for Murphy in the final week of the runoff.

Since taking office, Murphy has supported Obama and Biden's legislative agenda, including his recent vote in favor of the climate change bill.