GOP Wins Anthony Weiner’s Old Seat in NY Special Election
Matt | On 14, Sep 2011
Here’s a bit of a shocker, but not really, coming out of The Empire State.
New York’s 9th Congressional district, that includes parts of Brooklyn and Queens, voted in a special election on Tuesday to replace disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner. As you may recall, Weiner stepped aside in scandal earlier this year. Many believed that the Democrat-heavy district would fall into similar hands for the special election.
Not so fast.
Republican Bob Turner ran a well-messaged campaign against Democrat Dave Weprin. He focused on an increasingly easier selling point … a growing dislike of President Obama and his policies. The district has lots of Orthodox Jewish residents, so he was sure to work in some of the president’s controversial stances on Israel as well.
It seemed to work. Turner beat Weprin by a 53-47 percent margin.
Observers had been saying that Turner would beat Weprin. It had to be an uphill battle for any Democrat to win in the area after Weiner was found to have sent suggestive pictures of himself to college-age women over Twitter.
It’s rough out here when Democrats are losing in the New York City area. But, it’s all good. I hope the constituents keep the pressure on Turner while he’s in office. It’s fine to rebuke the president’s policies now, but what is he going to do when the president wins another term? Hopefully, once he gets to D.C. he will break through the GOP “wall of no” and actually get something done.