This undoubtedly won't make national Republicans happy. Republican New York Assemblyman Jim Tedisco, who is running in the March 31 special election for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's (D) former House seat, wants nothing to do with conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh.

"Rush Limbaugh is meaningless to me,'' Tedisco told the editorial board of The Daily Star on Thursday.

Tedisco's race against Democrat Scott Murphy has become a focus for national Republicans since the election. New Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele has said it is a priority and both the RNC and the National Republican Congressional Committee have invested heavily in the race.

Tedisco, however, hasn't been impressed by the national Republicans strategy. As Murphy was closing the gap on the race, Tedisco said he was taking back control of his campaign.

UPDATE: The Tedisco walks the comment back here.

jeremy.jacobs@thehill.com