Murphy, supporters off to D.C.

Congressman to be sworn in today by Speaker Pelosi

Wednesday, April 29, 2009
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Congressman-elect Scott Murphy, right, laughs after signing a campaign poster for John Nelson of Saratoga at the Halfmoon Diner on Tuesday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Congressman-elect Scott Murphy, right, laughs after signing a campaign poster for John Nelson of Saratoga at the Halfmoon Diner on Tuesday.

— Congressman-elect Scott Murphy, D-Glens Falls, is on his way to Washington to be sworn in today.

His swearing-in is tentatively scheduled for 3 p.m. on the floor of the House of Representatives, depending on the timing of votes that take place this afternoon.

Murphy’s family and members of his wife Jennifer Hogan’s family will accompany him, Hogan said Tuesday at the Halfmoon Diner, where her husband thanked supporters and then ate lunch with his family in his last public appearance before he left.

She and the couple’s three young children, Simone, Lux and Duke, will stay perhaps a few days in Washington before returning for the girls’ dance recital later this week, Hogan said.

Murphy’s family will continue to live in Glens Falls and he will commute back and forth to Washington by plane.

A charter bus full of Murphy volunteers and Hogan’s family members left for Washington on Tuesday afternoon, said Saratoga Springs resident John Franck, who served as treasurer for the campaign.

Murphy and his family planned to fly down later.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will swear in Murphy to fill the seat left vacant when Kirsten Gillibrand was appointed to fill the rest of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Senate term.

On Tuesday afternoon, Murphy made the rounds at the diner, thanking supporters who turned out to greet him and chatting with diners who didn’t know he was going to be there. John Nelson of Saratoga Springs brought a “Scott Murphy for Congress” yard sign for Murphy to autograph.

“That’s the first yard sign I’ve signed,” Murphy remarked after scrawling his signature on the sign, which Nelson plans to give to his grandchildren in New Jersey as a keepsake.

“I think this young man’s going places,” Nelson said. “I think he has the savviness and the financial understanding of what’s going on in this economy. Not too many of the congressmen have that talent.”

The 83-year-old man volunteered on Murphy’s campaign.

Murphy has requested he be placed on the House Agriculture and Financial Services committees.

Campaign finance reports filed April 15 with the Federal Election Commission show Murphy spent about $500,000 more than Republican James Tedisco before March 31.

Murphy spent $1.8 million during the two-month campaign while Tedisco spent $1.3 million.

Murphy raised just over $2 million during that time and Tedisco raised about $1.4 million.

Those figures do not include money spent since the election on legal fees and staff time.

Voters went to the polls March 31 for the special election, but the vote was so close that both candidates waited for the absentee ballot count to decide the race.

After almost four weeks of painstaking counting and court challenges, Tedisco conceded the race Friday, 400 votes behind Murphy.

When he conceded, Tedisco also abandoned legal challenges to ballots cast by people who own second homes in New York City.

The GOP had sought to have those ballots excluded from the count, but now they will be counted in the final tally to be certified by the state Board of Elections.

Legal precedent allows those ballots to be counted because people who have homes in two places choose in which community they want to register to vote, according to the New York Democratic Lawyers Council.

Tedisco is still an assemblyman representing the 110th Assembly District and lives in Glenville.

 

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