Scott Murphy For Congress 2010
This was the official website for Scott Murphy's 2010 re-election run for the 20th District of New York in the United States House of Representatives.
This district had sent Republicans to Congress for decades before electing Kirsten Gillibrand in 2006. Gillibrand was re-elected handily in 2008. After her appointment to a Senate seat in 2008, Democrats held onto her district by a few hundred votes. Murphy won the seat in March 2009, beating Assemblyman Jim Tedisco by more than 700 votes in a special election. In the 2010 campaign Congressman Murphy's polling were strong early on, but he seemed to have faltered down the stretch. He ultimately lost to Republican Chris Gibson, a Kinderhook native and 46-year-old retired Army colonel who ran on a conservative platform.
Content is from the site's 2010 archived pages.
Meet Scott Murphy
Scott Murphy, 40, represents the 20th District of New York in the United States House of Representatives.
Saving and creating jobs, growing small businesses, and finding new ways to tackle old problems - these are the things Scott has done successfully for more than 15 years.
While professional politicians just talk about the need to create jobs, Scott has first-hand experience actually creating them. He's built successful companies, helped create over 1,000 jobs, and worked to make small businesses the economic engines of their communities.
Scott believes that strong families form the cornerstone of strong communities. Scott's father was a postal worker and his mother was a teacher. They worked hard and sacrificed to give their kids better opportunities than they had. Scott and his wife Jen Hogan get together with her 59 immediate family members nearly every week for Sunday dinner.
Scott's been blessed to live the American dream. After graduating from Harvard, Scott became a high-tech entrepreneur. He founded Small World Software, later sold to iXL.
For the eight years prior to being elected to Congress, Scott worked for Advantage Capital Partners. Advantage helps other businesses grow and create jobs for their local communities. Scott's job is to help these companies grow, expand, and most of all create and protect good-paying jobs here at home.
Scott is married to Jen Hogan, who grew up in Washington County next to her family's dairy farm. Scott and Jen currently live in Glens Falls with their three children, Simone, Lux, and Duke.
As a small businessman, Scott knows what it is like to make payroll and responsibly balance a budget. Over the past decade, Washington has abandoned any sense of fiscal restraint, and during his short time there, Scott has been working hard to return to fiscal sanity to get our skyrocketing deficit under control.
Scott has led the charge to eliminate wasteful spending in Washington. He voted against giving himself a raise and against increasing his office budget while Upstate families are tightening their belts. He has also voted to eliminate nearly $40 billion in government spending from annual appropriations bills.
Soon after he was elected, Scott was successful in helping push to reinstate Pay-As-You-Go rules in Washington, which require any new spending to be offset by cuts somewhere else in the budget. These principles lapsed in the last decade, and Washington has neglected to make the tough choices to rein in wasteful spending and eliminate unnecessary programs.
Additionally, Scott has led the charge against Medicare waste, fraud, and abuse. He authored the Medicare/Medicaid Fraud Prevention and Control Act, which will curtail abuse in the Medicare system and prevent criminals from defrauding taxpayers.
As a small businessman, Scott understands that small businesses create jobs and are the economic engines of our local economies. That is why Scott has fought for tax relief for working families and small businesses who are still struggling to make ends meet.
Scott has been fighting to help our businesses access the capital they need to create jobs and spur economic growth. He championed and successfully passed a commonsense reform of our banking rules to repeal an outdated restriction from 1933. The Business Checking Fairness Act will enable small businesses to receive interest on their checking accounts, putting more capital in the hands of our small business owners and opening up new avenues for investment.
Scott has also been fighting to increase small business lending, and has supported expanding SBA loan programs and increased funding for our community banks that partner with our local entrepreneurs to get businesses moving.
Openness and Transparency
All too often, Washington’s business is done behind closed doors. Upstate New Yorkers deserve a representative in Washington that is honest, accessible, and accountable. Since day one, Scott has worked to restore openness and transparency in our government and has led by example.
When Scott first ran for Congress, he pledged to visit all 137 towns in the district. Scott has fulfilled his pledge and has joined with business and community leaders to discuss the ways that we can work together to improve the economy and create jobs here in Upstate New York.
In addition to visiting all 137 towns, Scott has hosted over 120 public town hall meetings to discuss the important local and national issues facing our communities. Scott also posts his daily public schedule and funding requests online for the public to review and scrutinize.
Scott will continue to be open, transparent, and accessible to all of the people and communities in the 20th Congressional District.
Job Creation and Economic Recovery
Scott understands that private enterprise is the driving force of our economy, not the government. Small businesses are the economic engines that create jobs in our communities, and a limited government needs to be focused on creating an economic environment that is conducive for economic growth in the private sector.
Scott has been working with business and community leaders here at home to help create jobs and get our economy back on track. His plan to Renew Upstate New York’s economy identifies four critical sectors that can strengthen our economic future here in New York’s 20th Congressional District:
- Small Business and Agriculture
By investing in these critical sectors, we can help create jobs and lay the foundation for long term economic growth here in Upstate New York.
An aside: Having grown up in Saratoga, I watched this race with interest from my new home in Maryland as I was in the midst of planning another move. I was doing research chores for the search engine optimization rainmakers at TNG/Earthing NYC. One of things I love about this job is that the head guru Bob Sakayama encourages us to volunteer to work for causes we believe in, and we can work from anywhere. So working a set number of hours on the campaign was no problem, even if I was on the road. Scott is really the best candidate and we just need more folks to see why. The team really tried our best to spread the word and generate buzz. Boy was I disappointed when he lost to Republican, Chris Murphy. And although I was disappointed in the outcome of the election, I was definitely not disappointed with my move which went a whole lot smoother than I could have imagined. I have just been relocated to Chicago! I was glad to see the district has returned to a Democrat with the election of Paul Tonko.