Democrat Mark Murphy to Challenge GOP’s Grimm in 13th District

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Democrat Mark Murphy plans to challenge first-term Republican Michael Grimm in New York's 13th congressional district.  The district covers all of Staten Island and parts of southwest Brooklyn. 

Murphy, 41, most recently worked as an aide to Public Advocate Bill DeBlasio representing Staten Island, south Brooklyn and northeast Queens. Murphy resigned from the position over a week ago and plans to launch his campaign Wednesday evening at his headquarters in Staten Island.

This is Murphy’s first bid for elected office and he is currently the only declared Democrat in the race. 

Murphy’s father is former Staten Island Congressman John “Jack” Murphy, who served in Congress from 1963 through 1981. The former congressman was defeated by Guy V. Molinari, after he was indicted in the FBI’s Abscam sting.

Staten Island businessman and political novice Alex Borgognone, 31, had announced plans to challenge Grimm in October. But he withdrew from the race in late December to pursue a business opportunity.


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Comments [4]

Jenny Ling Po from Great Kills

Check out this "tribute" to Mark Murphy's acting career.

Feb. 05 2012 01:52 PM
Jenny Ling Po from Great Kills

Check out this "tribute" to Mark Murphy's acting career.

Feb. 05 2012 01:48 PM
Jenny Ling Po

Did you see the new Mark Murphy YouTube channel?

Feb. 04 2012 09:33 PM
Jenny Ling Po from Staten Island

Here's the bottom line. Mark Murphy has not lived on Staten Island for 18 years. At the age of 41, that's just about his entire adult life.

After his career in Hollywood in some of the most laughably bad bit performances on cable TV failed, he turned to real estate which also failed. He returned home without employment, and despite his 2 decades of absence from NYC, his convicted felon father landed him a job representing David Dinkins adviser Bill Deblasio.

The man has no business running for Congress, council or dogcatcher, and it is a pathetic insult to all Staten Islanders for the Democratic Party to run this man with a straight face.

Jan. 19 2012 09:30 AM

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