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Schreibman gets a boost

By Lombardo David
Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has pinned its hopes of beating Republican Rep. Chris Gibson to potential challenger Julian Schreibman.

It was announced today that Schreibman has been tapped to take part in the DCCC's "Red-to-Blue" program, which focuses the national party's money and personnel at specific races it wants to win. Gibson and Schreibman are running in the new 19th Congressional District that includes parts of Schoharie, Montgomery and Rensselaer Counties.

“I am honored that so many people in the Hudson Valley/Catskills Region have joined our grassroots campaign to create jobs, stand up for middle class families, protect Medicare and Social Security and fight for the American dream,” Schreibman said in a statement. “The early strength we have demonstrated by being named to the Red to Blue program means we have the support, confidence, and momentum it takes to win in November.”

The focus on beating Gibson has been emphasized because of changes in voter enrollment through redistricting that make the district more competitive for a Democrat. This shift led to the Cook Report to declare the race a "toss up."

Gibson, though, still has a large advantage in fundraising money right now.

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