New York Working Families Backs Scott Murphy for Congress

Praises Murphy’s “first-hand understanding of what it takes to create jobs”

Scott Murphy

Scott Murphy

GLENS FALLS – Citing his hands-on experience with job creation and commitment to strengthening New York’s middle class, the Working Families Party has endorsed Scott Murphy in the special election for the 20th Congressional District.

“In tough times like these we need leaders with experience and vision who understand that helping working families succeed is the key to getting our economy back on track,” said Karen Scharff, co-chair of the Working Families Party Capital District chapter. “Scott’s work developing new companies gives him a first-hand understanding of what it takes to create jobs. That’s the kind of economic know-how we desperately need in Congress right now.”

Scharff praised Murphy’s vision on a range of vital issues facing upstate New York. “His focus on reforming our health care system, creating jobs, strengthening family farms and bringing clean energy industries to upstate New York is exactly the kind of forward-looking leadership our communities need.”

Murphy said he was honored to receive the endorsement. “The Working Families Party understands that the economic well-being of middle class families should be our top priority in Washington during these tough economic times. I look forward to partnering with President Obama on behalf of working families all across the 20th District, where I will bring my first-hand experience of helping to create jobs and offering new ways to meet our most pressing challenges so we can turn our economy around.”

The Working Families Party’s strong grassroots base throughout New York has played an increasingly pivotal role in the state’s congressional contests. In 2008, Working Families voters provided the margin of victory for Democratic candidate Eric Massa in New York’s 29th District, traditionally a Republican stronghold. Statewide, more than 210,000 New Yorkers cast their votes for congressional candidates on the Working Families line last fall.

The NY-20 congressional seat that Murphy is campaigning for was vacated by former Congresswoman Kirsten Gillbrand when Governor Paterson appointed her to the United States Senate.

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