Murphy is in the center of the center

The National Journal Magazine released its annual ‘Vote Ratings’ issue and named Democratic Congressman Scott Murphy (NY-20) one of the most centrist members of Congress. In a press release, Congressman Murphy’s staff touted him “as a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment and his votes to cut more than $24 billion in spending have stood out as key departures from many of his Democratic colleagues.” The Times-Union blog Capitol Confidential breaks down the magazine’s ratings this way: “Freshman Scott Murphy lands plumb in the center. His liberal composite score is 49.0; his conservative score is 51.0. By comparison, Rep. Paul Tonko’s liberal score was 83.7 and his conservative score was 16.3. Sens. Gillibrand and Schumer are also more liberal with scores of 84.3 and 83.8, respectively.”

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