Tedisco Concedes; Scott Murphy Will Go to Congress

ALBANY—More than three weeks after the special election, Assemblyman Jim Tedisco is conceding his Congressional bid against Scott Murphy.

The announcement came via press release shortly after Tedisco called Murphy to concede. No press conference is immediately planned, from what I gather. In Tedisco's statement, he thanked his supporters but did not elaborate on his political future; open questions are whether he will run again for Congress, bid for a seat in the State Senate or remain in the Assembly. (Or step down from that seat.)

On Election Night, Tedisco said that "when the smoke clears, we will have won a tremendous victory." The campaign lasted eight weeks, but dragged well past the March 31 date as lawyers for both sides argued over 7,200 absentee ballots.  But the outstanding ballots broke for Murphy, and pressure mounted for him to step aside with 800 ballots remaining. The last official count had Murphy leading by 401 votes.

Here's Tedisco's entire statement:



Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C-Saratoga) today issued the following statement after conceding the race for New York’s 20th Congressional district:


            Mary and I would like to thank the citizens of the 20th Congressional district for their kindness, courtesy and patience shown during this extended campaign.  This was a closely contested election that perhaps lasted a little longer than anyone may have expected or wanted.  But it was important for our electoral process and for the hard-working people of Upstate New York that it be resolved fairly and decisively.

“Earlier today, I called and congratulated Scott Murphy on a hard-fought contest and wished him well as the next Congressman of the 20th Congressional district.  I also expressed my willingness to work with him to ensure that the families of Upstate New York are not left behind as our nation strives for economic recovery. 

“This was a close campaign every step of the way. Ultimately, it became clear that the numbers were not going our way and that the time had come to step aside and ensure that the next Congressman be seated as quickly as possible.  In the interest of the citizens of the 20th Congressional district and our nation, I wish Scott the very best as he works with our new President and Congress to address the tremendous challenges facing our country.

Finally, I would like to express my appreciation to all the volunteers, staff, supporters and – most importantly – my family, for their unending support and prayers.  They all poured their blood, sweat and tears into this campaign and for that I will always be eternally grateful.” 



Tedisco Concedes; Scott Murphy Will Go to Congress