Republican candidate Jim Tedisco, who is running in the March 31 special election for Kirsten Gillibrand's old House seat, has found a foothold from which he is basing his opposition to the stimulus bill. Yesterday evening, Tedisco's campaign sent out a press release attacking Democratic candidate Scott Murphy, entitled: "MURPHY ENDORSES AIG BONUSES WITH HIS SUPPORT FOR STIMULUS PACKAGE."
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The issue here is that the stimulus bill had an amendment setting restrictions on executive pay for financial institutions receiving bailout money, but explicitly did not make the restriction retroactive -- thus the AIG contracts fall under an exception as the stimulus restrictions only applied going forward.
The question here is whether one issue that is reasonably popular, the stimulus, can be dragged down by associating it with something that is incredibly unpopular. If the answer turns out to be yes, the Republicans will be yelling this message loud and clear from now on -- and if not, it's back to the drawing board.