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Greens name prankster as candidate for Congress

   The Green Party, which qualified for a "permanent" line on the New York State ballot in last year's election for governor, has nominated Ian L. Murphy as its candidate for the May 24th special election in the 26th Congressional District.

   Murphy, you may recall, writes for a satirical Web site called the Beast and delivered a prank call to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker at the height of the protests over Walker's plan to strip public unions of their collective bargaining rights.

   Posing as right wing billionaire David Koch, Murphy discussed tactics with Walker about how to trick Wisconsin Senate Democrats into returning to the state after they left rather than vote for Walker's public unions plan. A tape of the call was later reported widely throughout the media.

   The Beast has also pulled prank on notables such as Mayors Anthony M. Masiello and Byron W. Brown.

    So when the Green Party issued a press release naming Murphy as its candidate for Congress, The Buffalo News corroborated the information with the state Board of Elections -- a credible source.

    -- Robert J. McCarthy

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Robert J. McCarthy

Robert J. McCarthy

A native of Schenectady, Robert J. McCarthy came to The Buffalo News in 1982 following a six-year stint at the Olean Times Herald. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and has been covering local, state and national politics since 1992.

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Tom Precious

Tom Precious

Tom Precious joined The Buffalo News in 1997 as bureau chief at the state Capitol, where he covers everything from statewide politics and state government fiscal affairs to health care, environmental and municipal government matters. Prior to The News, he worked for news outlets in Albany and Washington, DC.

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Jill Terreri

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Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski, The Buffalo News Washington bureau chief, has reported from the nation's capital since 1989 after joining The News as a business reporter in 1984. A graduate of Syracuse University, Zremski is a former Nieman fellow in journalism at Harvard University. In 2007, he served as president of the National Press Club.

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