ALBANY, N.Y. -- You can get dinner and a cocktail at Albany's Gateway Diner, and Sunday, while you perused your menu, you might have run into the Democrats Candidate in the 20th district special election. Huddled in the back room, Democrats picked Glens Falls businessman Scott Murphy, and he's hungry to get started.
“Hit the ground running to talk about and fight for and work to create jobs in the 20th district, that is what I have experience doing and that is what I want to do if a go to Congress,” said Scott Murphy, (D) 20th District Congressional candidate.
Murphy said he has helped bring 1,000 jobs to the region through his private sector work. The ten county committee chairs ended up with Murphy after interviewing the six finalists of the more than 30 people who were interested.
"Something that we promised back in 2005, that we are going to have a strong candidate, and it is not going to be any different today. We think we have that candidate,” said Larry Bullman, Saratoga County Democratic Committee chairman.
In Murphy's post decision meeting room, he meets with reporters. It was not nearly as big as the 2006 kick-off for then-candidate, now-Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, but Murphy shares a similar situation Gillibrand had at the start of her campaign. He is not a familiar face and is facing a challenger in Tedisco that most people already know.
“I think it is going to be a very short campaign and it very important for me to get out and meet the voters and get my message out,” said Murphy.
Scott Murphy's political life begins here, at the Gateway Diner, and in the end it could end up at an arguable more prestigious place - the halls of Congress.