Updated 03/18/2009 06:07 AM
Tedisco and Murphy spar over stimulus and AIG
ALBANY, N.Y. -- There's just two weeks left until 20th District Special Election Day. Candidates are on the trail battling over what's best for the faltering economy.
Republican Jim Tedisco and supporters rallied in front of a closed meat packing plant in Troy. He calls the stimulus plan, that he now does not support, full of pork.
"After getting a bill, $780 billion of spending, looking at it for 24 hours and seeing, maybe or maybe not, there was $300 billion of spending that did not go back to the middle class, why would you support that," said Tedisco.
Murphy meeting with supporters in Saratoga Springs and said the stimulus, that he supports, will cuts taxes and put 76,000 people back to work upstate.
"I don't think that is pork. I think those are projects are going to put people to work and they are investments in our community and make our community stronger now and into the future," said Murphy.
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Both parties desperately want this seat in Congress. And late Tuesday, as lawmakers there were figuring out how to get the nearly $170 million in AIG bonus money back, after it seems the stimulus package provides an exception for contractually obligated bonuses agreed on prior to the passing of the plan. Tedisco used this to tweak Murphy.
He said, "Scott Murphy didn't read the stimulus bill. Nobody in Congress did. Yet Scott Murphy supported the legislation, including provisions allowing AIG to hand out $165 million in bonuses to executives."
Murphy's called the bonuses reprehensible and responded to Tedisco in a statement,
"Just days after pledging to the voters that he'd run a positive campaign, Jim Tedisco is yet again up to his old Albany tricks by making false and deceptive attacks and playing desperate games with voters on the economy," Murphy said.
And while debate here continues, support for the stimulus package is slipping just a bit nationally. A CNN poll released Tuesday put its support at 54 percent. That's down six points since last month.