Murphy ranks 370th in bringing home pork

U.S. Rep. Scott Murphy, the Democrat from Glens Falls who represents Columbia and Greene counties, ranked 370 of 435 with $6.09 million federal pork-barrel funds for local projects, according to the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste’s annual “Pig Book,” William J. Kemble reports in The Daily Freeman. In comparison, longtime U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey, who represents an area just south of Murphy’s district, ranked 50th with $54.96 million in projects. Murphy has served less then one full term. Murphy recently posted his appropriations requests online. Murphy is facing Republican Chris Gibson this fall.

Chris Gibson opens campaign headquarters in Kinderhook

Chris Gibson opens his campaign headquarters in Kinderhook May 12, 2010.

Republican Congressional candidate Chris Gibson opened his campaign headquarters in his hometown of Kinderhook Thursday, May 12, packing the small space with loyal supporters down the street from Ichabod Crane High School, where Gibson was the point guard and co-captain of the basketball team. The candidate sat down for a few minutes with WGXC to talk about the issues he is hearing about from residents of Greene and Columbia counties, and you can listen to the mp3 file here or paste this url into your computer’s media player:

Gibson opens Kinderhook campaign headquarters

The Chris Gibson for Congress Campaign has opened its headquarters at 12 Broad Street directly across from Bagel Tyme cafe in the village of Kinderhook. The campaign invites neighbors and friends from Columbia County to meet the candidate on May 13 from 5 to 8 p.m. Kinderhook-native Gibson is the Republican nominee to challenge incumbent Democrat Scott Murphy to represent New York’s 20th District.

Murphy in Greene County Monday

Congressman Scott Murphy (NY-20) will visit several Greene County fire stations, present a USDA infrastructure grant to the Town of Ashland, and host a town meeting in Windham on Monday, May 10. Details:

  • Murphy at Prattsville Hose Company, Main Sreet, Prattsville, 11:15 a.m.
  • Congressman Murphy and USDA officials to present a grant to Ashland for improved water and sewer systems at Ashland Town Hall, 12094 Route 23 Ashland, noon.
  • Rep. Murphy hosts town meeting at Windham Center Church, Windham, 12:45 p.m.
  • Murphy tours the Leeds Hose Company, Route 23 B, Leeds, 2:15 p.m.
  • Murphy tours Athens Volunteer Fire Department, Third St., Athens, 3 p.m.
  • All events are free and open to the public. Murphy faces Republican Chris Gibson in an election this fall.

    Gibson says stimulus didn’t; would abolish Homeland Security

    The Republican Congressional candidate Chris Gibson would abolish the Department of Homeland Security, and says the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was “a loser for our country, but especially for our area,” in an interview with Jimmy Vielkind in the Albany Times-Union. He writes: “[Gibson] said that the regional management of the conflict is good — he even said that President Barack Obama has made “good choices” in managing the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan — but the separation between military efforts and civil defense, or homeland security measures, must be improved.” The Kinderhook conservative is challenging incumbent Democrat Scott Murphy for New York’s 20th Congressional District seat. Read the entire story in the Times-Union.

    Murphy hires a campaign manager, Gibson meets volunteers

    From Jimmy Vielkind in Capitol Confidential:

    Rep. Scott Murphy’s re-election campaign buried a tidbit in two e-mails they sent soliciting campaign cash before a deadline: Murphy has brought on Mitch Wallace as his campaign manager. A Wisconsin native, Wallace has been involved in several campaigns there and in other states. Also this weekend, Murphy’s Republican opponent Chris Gibson met with over 200 volunteers at West Mountain. A narrative account written… by Gibson’s press aide Rob Clark is reproduced in the link below. Read the entire story at Capitol Confidential.

    Murphy votes against Congressional pay raise

    From Maury Thompson in the Post-Star:

    U.S. Rep. Scott Murphy, D-Glens Falls, voted to reject a congressional pay raise for the coming federal fiscal year….Members of Congress receive an automatic annual cost-of-living adjustment, unless Congress votes specifically to reject it, as the House did overwhelmingly this week….Salary for House members would remain at $174,000 annually. Read the entire story in the Post-Star.

    Murphy, who represents Greene and Columbia counties in NY-20, is running for re-election against Republican Chris Gibson.

    Murphy hosts agriculture conference in Dutchess County

    Congressman Scott Murphy will host a “Buy Local Agricultural Conference” on Friday, April 30 at Tymor Park, 249 Duncan Road, in Lagrangeville, in Town of Union Vale. Murphy will speak with, “farmers, consumers, and community leaders to discuss different approaches and strategies to help local farms and agriculture businesses succeed in the new and increasingly global economy.” Murphy is running for re-election against Republican Chris Gibson.

    Scott Murphy speaks to constituents in Palenville

    Scott Murphy photo from April 1 at Coxsackie's Senior Center.

    Congressman Scott Murphy held a town meeting in Palenville Monday, April 19, at 1:30 p.m. at the Palenville Fire Department, 717 Rte. 32A, Palenville. Murphy is running for re-election against Republican Chris Gibson. Listen to an audio mp3 recording of Murphy answering questions from constituents (recorded by WGXC’s Debra Kamecke) by clicking here or by pasting the following link into your computer’s media player:

    Saland will seek another term in State Senate

    Republican Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C – Poughkeepsie) announced today that he will be seeking re-election to the State Senate for his 11th term, representing all of Columbia County and much of Dutchess County. “Despite the state of affairs surrounding state government and the failing economy, I find myself more compelled than ever to seek re-election to the State Senate. I have no intention of deserting the ship even though it has taken on an abundance of water,” said Senator Saland. “While I have found this past year to be particularly challenging – constantly battling the tax and spend policies of the current Senate Majority, I know it’s critically important that we restore a balance of power in our State Government so taxpayers outside the city of New York once again have a voice of leadership to protect their interests.” Saland and Congressional hopeful Chris Gibson will both speak at a Tea Party Protest in Otego this Saturday, April 24 from 1 to 4 p.m. at River Valley Ford, which is about halfway between Oneonta and Otego on Route 7. Democrat Didi Barrett already announced her campaign to seek the seat.

    Gibson, Seward address ‘tea party’ rally Saturday in Otego

    From Tom Grace in The Daily Star:

    Later Thursday, Chuck Pinkey of Otego said another Tea Party Protest will be held at River Valley New Holland in Otego on Saturday, April 24. Among those to speak that Saturday will be state [New York State] Sen. James Seward (who represents Greene County], R-Milford, and two Republican congressional candidates, Richard Hanna of Barneveld and [Republican Congressional challenger in the NY-20 race against Scott Murphy] Christopher Gibson of Kinderhook, he said.

    According to this Daily Star letter to the editor, the protest will be from 1 to 4 p.m. at River Valley Ford, which is about halfway between Oneonta and Otego on Route 7.

    Gibson vs. Murphy: Quarterly FEC reports


    Click here to search for Federal Election Commission finance reports from candidates from March 31.

    Chris Gibson (Republican)
    Receipts $108,519
    Individual $102,119
    PAC $1,500
    Party $0
    Candidate $4,900
    Other $0
    Cash on hand $91,826

    Scott Murphy (Democrat)
    Receipts $3,730,535
    Individual $1,821,342
    PAC $1,252,403
    Party $8,807
    Candidate $250,000
    Other $397,983
    Cash on hand $1,090,368

    Gibson has $91,825 for race against Murphy

    From Jimmy Vielkind in Capitol Confidential:

    Chris Gibson, the retired Army colonel from Kinderhook who is running against Rep. Scott Murphy, has raised $108,000 toward his race against Rep. Scott Murphy. According to his quarterly FEC filing, Gibson has $91,825.97 on hand for his run against Murphy, a freshman Democrat from Glens Falls. Murphy’s quarterly disclosure is not yet filed (it’s due tomorrow) but his aides have indicated he raised $475,000 this quarter, bringing his total war chest to $1.1 million. Gibson formally declared his candidacy March 6, and said he would report a “respectable” amount of money, that would make him competitive “in the air” against Murphy. Read the entire article in Capitol Confidential.

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    Kinderhook’s Gibson to challenge Murphy in U.S. 20th Congressional District

    WGXC recorded the nomination speech of Kinderhook Republican Congressional hopeful Chris Gibson today at 3 p.m. at the Desmond Hotel near the Albany airport. Click here to listen to an mp3 recording of Gibson’s short speech plus four questions from the assembled media. WGXC’s Tom Roe asks Gibson what he would do to help struggling dairy farmers in rural Greene and Columbia counties. Gibson said he supported the concept of eating locally grown food, and mentioned a farm workers bill in the state legislature. Gibson will try and unseat Democratic incumbent Scott Murphy in the fall. Gibson was the point guard of the Ichabod Crane High School basketball team, and a Colonel with 24 years in the Army including four combat tours of Iraq and one tour in Kosovo, with an array of medals such as a Purple Heart and two Legions of Merit. He has a Masters in Public Administration and PhD in Government from Cornell University, and served as a Congressional Fellow with U.S. Representative Jerry Lewis (R-CA).