The poster-sized calendar pages taped to the walls of Scott Murphy’s campaign headquarters map out the days leading up to the special election, expected to be March 31.
Most of the sheets for those next six weeks are still blank. But Murphy took the first big step toward filling them Thursday when he rallied supporters and potential volunteers at his new Glens Falls headquarters to officially kick off his campaign.
“We need someone who has a new voice, new ideas, new energy,” said June O’Neill, chairwoman of the state Democratic Committee.
Murphy, 38, of Glens Falls, emphasized job creation as his main platform, as he has since he was chosen to face Republican Jim Tedisco.
“I’ve dedicated my career to save and create jobs,” said Murphy, a venture capitalist and entrepreneur. “Unlike career politicians, I bring a unique perspective to the fight.”
Murphy has said he created 1,000 jobs in New York as a venture capitalist, the managing director for Advantage Capital Partners of Glens Falls.
“They want a leader who has done more than talk about jobs,” Murphy said of voters in the district.
Tedisco’s campaign released its own job creation statement Thursday, saying the assemblyman has created 3,000 jobs.
“Jim Tedisco is the only candidate running for the 20th Congressional District with a proven record of fighting for, and working to create, over 3,000 jobs, strengthening our economy and delivering real property tax relief for overtaxed, overburdened middle-class families and small businesses,” said Tedisco spokesman Dan Bazile.
Murphy wouldn’t say whether he would have voted for the stimulus package that passed the House of Representatives last week, but he said that a stimulus package needs to create jobs immediately and track where the dollars are spent.
“What happened with the bailout was a disaster,” he said. “I would never let them buy a corporate jet with money I invested in a small business.
“It’s ridiculous, and we’ve got to make sure they don’t do that again.”
Murphy and his wife, Jennifer Hogan, have three young children.
Ballston resident Tracy Egan, who was a contender for the Democratic nomination for the seat herself before she pulled out a few days before Murphy was named, attended the gathering.
“We certainly do need job creation, especially in upstate New York,” she said.
Murphy started Small World Sports, an online sports game, and then sold it to The Sporting News. Murphy also founded Small World Software, which was renamed iXL, and took it public.
He started working for Advantage Capital Partners in 2001. Advantage Capital focuses on manufacturing, outsourced services and applied technology, according to its Web site.