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Tedisco campaign gets outside help

Tedisco campaign gets outside help

Tweeters all over the nation are campaigning for Jim Tedisco, one sentence at a time.

Tweeters all over the nation are campaigning for Jim Tedisco, one sentence at a time.

Users of the popular Web site Twitter, which encourages frequent, one-line blogs about daily life, are spreading the news about Tedisco’s “$20 for NY-20” fundraising drive, which requests small donations to his campaign.

A Twitter search on Thursday afternoon showed a man from Georgia, a woman in St. Louis and a Virginia woman among those who have posted Tedisco’s campaign site on their own Twitter feeds.

In addition to Tedisco’s heavy Twitter presence, two Massachusetts organizations have jumped on his attempt to win the seat back for the GOP.

Red Mass Group, which two years ago launched a Web site promoting Republican candidates in Massachusetts, is stepping out of its state borders for the first time to push Tedisco.

The group’s owner, Rob Eno of East Boston, drove to a Tedisco campaign stop in Rensselaer County Saturday and recorded two videos of the assemblyman for his Web site.

Rebuild the Party, a Massachusetts-based Web site for Republicans nationwide, also touts Tedisco on its site and invites out-of-staters to volunteer for him as “NY20 Invaders.”

“If you are in the Northeast and have some time, please donate to the campaign,” a note on the site says. “This seat is winnable. For 14 years, this seat was Republican.”

Rob Willington, executive director of the Massachusetts Republican Party, runs the Rebuild the Party Web site. He traveled with Eno to see Tedisco last weekend, although online directions to the appearance at a rural farm in Rensselaer County dumped the two men in downtown Albany before they found their way.

In one of the videos Eno recorded, Tedisco delivers a message specifically for Massachusetts Republicans. He vows to be not only a representative for the 20th District but for the entire Northeast.

“We’re all in this together,” Tedisco said in the video.

Tedisco spokesman Josh Fitzpatrick said Tedisco was referring to creating policies that help the region and the nation.

“We’re trying to build our grassroots base,” Fitzpatrick said. “I think he was really pleased to see such grassroots enthusiasm.”

Eno noted that the 20th District, which covers part or all of 10 counties from Lake Placid to Poughkeepsie, borders Massachusetts.

“The district is our neighbor,” he said.

“This race is a sprint, and any help we can give to get any representative elected in the Northeast will help our recruitment efforts as a party,” Eno said.

Out-of-state Republicans are following their national chairman’s lead in jumping behind Tedisco.

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele met with Tedisco last week and made it clear that winning the 20th District seat, which previously was held by Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand, is a priority for the RNC.

Eno said the New York race is an opportunity for new volunteers to get some experience.

“We’re hoping to get a significant amount of people to go out the last couple weekends,” he said.

The special election is expected to be set for March 31.

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