In upstate New York, a close race is brewing. In the 20th Congressional District, my home district, Republican Chris Gibson is taking on incumbent Democrat Scott Murphy.
Chris Gibson was raised in the district in Kinderhook, New York, and is a retired U.S. Army colonel, with seven deployments under his belt. Gibson served four tours in Iraq, as well as tours in Kosovo, in the Southwestern U.S. for drug interdiction, and in Haiti as part of the recent earthquake rescue efforts. During his service to the country, Gibson earned two Legions of Merit, four Bronze Star Medals, the Purple Heart, and numerous other commendations. He has taught at the United States Military Academy at West Point and earned a PhD from nearby Cornell University. Gibson completed a fellowship at Stanford University’s Hoover Institute and authored the book Securing the State on national security.
Murphy, for his part, was born in Missouri and was a political insider there, working as an aide to two governors, before moving to New York. He now represents the citizens of NY-20 as a so-called “Blue Dog” Democrat. The Blue Dogs are pledged to a mission of fiscal restraint. That doesn’t seem to jive with his vote for Obamacare, which the CBO has reduced to a bucket of empty promises when it comes to deficit reduction. Another place Murphy has failed constituents is in using Congressional mail budgets to campaign with taxpayer money. As you’ll see in the news report below from CBS 6 in Albany, he spent over twice as much as the average congressman on mailings.
As if rampant office spending and a vote for Obamacare weren’t enough, Murphy also voted for cap and trade. I suppose taxing American citizens on nearly every move they make might be considered fiscal conservatism by radical Democrats, but by a so-called “Blue Dog”?
In contrast, Chris Gibson has called for Congress to write a balanced budget and to pay down the debt built up by Barack Obama and the spendthrift Democratic Congress. Gibson has also called for substantial reforms to Obamacare, like allowing families to buy their insurance across state lines, a move that could possibly save New York families thousands of dollars on their insurance bills.
The people of NY-20 have an easy choice in front of them. Vote for a dedicated American who has literally put his life on the line for his country, or vote for a politician whose self-interest is his top priority.
The character assassination being spread by Democrats in this race has sunk to a new low. Scott Murphy, the so-called “Blue Dog,” has even stooped to criticizing Gibson for signing the Americans for Tax Reform pledge not to raise your taxes. Who would be unhappy with that? But I guess when you don’t actually plan on paying your business’s taxes in the first place, it doesn’t matter. That’s probably why Murphy, like other Democrats (John Kerry, Charlie Rangel, Tom Daschle) doesn’t seem to care about raising taxes like he did when he voted for Obamacare.
After a summer of Scott Murphy bombarding mailboxes with taxpayer-funded campaign advertising, Chris could probably use some backup from around the country. This race is sure to be as tight as can be. Murphy only won the special election that put him in office by a handful of votes decided in a courtroom battle .
I know NY-20 well. I grew up there and I know that the people are hardworking and that they don’t want government interference in their lives. This race is a battle, but Chris Gibson is a true warrior, and he can surely win. Gibson is connecting with citizens in the district. A local businessman (my dad) put it perfectly when he said, “Scott Murphy’s campaign signs are at every intersection, but Chris Gibson’s signs are in every front yard.” Gibson is easy for people from NY-20 to identify with. He’s one of us, and he represents the same values that we represent: small government, low taxes, and an end to political special-interest giveaways like the Obamacare and cap and trade bills that Scott Murphy voted for.
Please give your support to Chris Gibson. This is one race in New York that can definitely be won by a commonsense patriot who has risked everything to support his country. Americans need leaders and warriors like Chris Gibson to fight for them where it matters most, Capitol Hill.
Timothy O. Jones
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