CLIFTON PARK—Scott Murphy said he was all aboard for debating Assembly Minority leader Jim Tedisco, his Republican opponent who began calling for a face-to-face appearance last week.
“I look forward to it, we’ve been working on scheduling,” Murphy said.
He was standing outside the Philly Pretzel Factory, a recently opened small business in the strip-mall district of this sprawled town. Murphy had just been endorsed by Senator Chuck Schumer, and used the opportunity to repeat his talking points about creating jobs that will allow children to stay in upstate New York.
I asked Murphy if he thought debates should include Eric Sundwall, who is petitioning to get on the ballot as a Libertarian.
“I haven’t really thought about that issue yet,” Murphy said.
Philly Pretzel Factory is a very small space, and one that doesn’t allow for a clear penning of the media. Schumer shook hands with reporters and supporters alike, turning politically paternal when he stooped to talk to the two elementary school-aged children of a local TV cameraman.
“Are you twins? I bet people ask you a lot because you look so alike,” Schumer said.
Later, as the two politicians faced reporters, Murphy was asked about the importance of broadband in the northern reaches of the district. This was his answer:
“It’s an incredibly important part to our small businesses across this district, having access to compete internationally. We’re not going to bring back the 20-year-olds that we lose so rapidly in this district without broadband access. Without the ability to do all those fun things that kids are wanting to do: the Facebook, and Twitter, and MySpace. It’s not the world that we all live in, necessarily, but for young people it’s imperative, and we’ve got to have that in our district or they’re going to continue to graduate from college and go somewhere else. And we’ve got to stop that.”