The National Republican Congressional Committee has charged that Democratic congressional candidate Scott Murphy did not vote in eight primary and general elections between 2000 and 2003, including the 2000 presidential election.
Murphy missed voting in the highly charged presidential race between George W. Bush and Al Gore, a U.S. Senate race, two U.S. House of Representatives races, a New York City mayoral election and the 2002 gubernatorial race, the committee said.
Murphy registered to vote in New York state in 1996, the same year he met his future wife, Jennifer Hogan, while working in New York City. The couple married in 2000, and Murphy missed both a U.S. Senate primary in September and the November presidential election, the committee said.
He skipped six more elections through the end of 2003, the NRCC reported.
Murphy’s voting record calls his honesty into question, an NRCC spokesman said Wednesday.
“The more you learn about Scott Murphy, the more you start to notice a pattern of deception that does not bode well for voters of upstate New York,” said Paul Lindsay.
Murphy was flying back and forth from New York City to Missouri during the time of the 2000 election because he was serving on the staff of that state’s governor, Roger Wilson, according to Murphy’s campaign.
Murphy worked for Wilson from October 2000 until January 2001. Murphy then started working for Advantage Capital Partners in 2001 in Manhattan.
The Murphy campaign didn’t dispute the reported voting record but preferred to talk to about his work on solutions to the economic crisis.
“Scott’s been extremely busy talking about middle-class tax relief,” said spokesman Ryan Rudominer when asked to comment on Murphy’s voting record.
Murphy and Tedisco are running for the U.S. House of Representatives to fill a seat vacated when Kirsten Gillibrand was appointed to the U.S. Senate. A special election is expected to be held March 31 in the sprawling 20th District, which stretches from Poughkeepsie to Lake Placid and covers all or part of 10 counties.
Bob Turner, a political science professor at Skidmore College, doesn’t think the voting issue will hurt Murphy as much as it did Caroline Kennedy while she was a hopeful for the U.S. Senate seat.
Murphy was living and working in New York City when he missed the elections and currently lives in the 20th District, Turner said.
“Voters are always going to ask, ‘Is he one of us?’ ” he said.
Murphy’s voting record is just one way of measuring how devoted he is to civics, Turner said. Tedisco could be criticized along the same lines because he lives in Glenville, outside the 20th District.
“Both of them don’t have a clean record on that front,” Turner said.