The Independence Party of New York announced this week it will endorse Scott Murphy ahead of this fall’s 20th Congressional District election.
Murphy faces one challenger this November, retired U.S. Army Colonel Chris Gibson, who is running on the Republican and Conservative lines.
Frank MacKay is chairman of the Independence Party of New York. He says New York needs a leader with a strong, independent voice.
“Congressman Scott Murphy has shown us that he is that leader,” MacKay said in a prepared statement. “He is a candidate with the experience necessary to work with our small businesses to create jobs and rebuild our economy.”
The party has some 400,000 members throughout the state. Murphy said he’s proud to once again receive the party’s support.
“I’d like to thank Chairman MacKay and all Independence Party members for their continued support as I fight for the middle class, work to bring jobs to Upstate New York, and bring a fiscally responsible, common-sense approach to renewing the economy,” he said.
“I look forward to running on the same line as Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand,” Murphy added.
Murphy won the seat last year following a special election to replace Kirsten Gillibrand, who was appointed to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.