Updated 01/28/2009 06:09 AM
GOP picks Tedisco to run on Republican ticket
ALBANY, N.Y. -- "I am going to be the standard bearer for every affiliation,” said Assembly Minority Leader James Tedisco.
And now, the standard bearer for 20th Congressional District Republicans. The GOP backs Assembly Minority Leader James Tedisco in the district's upcoming special election.
Inside the state's Republican Party Headquarters, the district's 10 county committee chairs met behind closed doors Tuesday afternoon and gave Tedisco 70 percent of the vote, nearly half of that coming from Saratoga County.
"This is not going to be Jim Tedisco's Congressional district. This is going to be the people of the 20th congressional district's congressional district. Their agenda," said Tedisco.
Tedisco, surrounded by reporters, says he will stay on as Minority Leader and is planning a listening tour of the sprawling district. That tour most likely includes parts of the North Country that supported State Senator Betty Little and Columbia and Greene counties that backed former Gubernatorial candidate John Faso.
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"There were very good elected officials and previous elected officials. They could have picked any of the four or five of us," said Tedisco.
Faso declined a request for an interview and Little released a statement criticizing the selection process, but supporting Tedisco.
As for Democrats, Saratoga County Committee chair Larry Bullman says they are still interviewing the more than 25 interviewing candidates.
"We want to have a very open and transparent process. We are not sprinting to get a candidate today or by this weekend," said Bullman.
Bullman expects the race to cost around $4 million between the two parties.