(Schenectady, NY) - Early Wednesday morning New York Assemblyman and Republican Congressional candidate Jim Tedisco challenged his Democratic opponent Scott Murphy to a fight to the death.
Following last night's special election, Murphy led Tedisco by less than 100 votes with several thousand absentee ballots outstanding.
Tedisco taunted Murphy in front of local television cameras, brandishing an ancient Japanese sword and yelling, "There can be only one!"
In Murphy's response he said Tedisco had "the manners of a goat" and smelled "like a dung-heap."
An unnamed Tedisco spokesman explained that both men should probably prefer a quick death by the sword to the agonizing legal torture that has befallen Minnesota Senate contenders Al Franken and Norm Coleman.
The Tedisco spokesman said of Murphy, "If he wins the Prize, mortal man would suffer an eternity of darkness."