Skip to comments.Weiner House seat will be a 'hot' one (Sept. 13 special election)
Posted on 07/07/2011 1:58:59 AM PDT by Libloather
Weiner House seat will be a 'hot' one
By CARL CAMPANILE and SALLY GOLDENBERG
Last Updated: 1:50 AM, July 7, 2011
Two state lawmakers have emerged as the front-runners in the backroom battle to be tabbed as the Democratic candidate to replace disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner -- but they were also warned this week not to get too comfortable in the seat if they win.
Queens Democratic leader Joe Crowley, who will pick the party's nominee for the Sept. 13 special election, is anxious to carve up Weiner's former territory when state lawmakers redraw district lines in 2012 to reduce New York's congressional delegation by two.
The prospect of serving just 15 months has scared off some prospective candidates. But several Democratic sources said the two top contenders remaining in the hunt are Assemblymen David Weprin and Rory Lancman. Neither returned calls for comment.
Both Democrats are eyeing the congressional seat as a stepping stone for a 2013 race for citywide office. Weprin ran unsuccessfully for city comptroller in 2009 and could run again should John Liu, as expected, run for mayor in 2013.
Lancman is also considered a potential citywide candidate who would benefit from the higher-profile seat in Congress compared to a relatively obscure Assembly seat in Albany -- even though it would be short-lived.
Crowley, also a congressman, is all too happy to sacrifice the seat -- which straddles Queens and Brooklyn -- because it would let him shift more of the district back to his base in Queens. He now serves a district that straddles northern Queens and part of The Bronx.
The 2010 Census determined that New York state would lose two congressional seats, and conventional wisdom holds that one seat upstate and one downstate will be dissolved.
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If you're not a hawk on Israel, you shouldn't be popular in any race.
Being a Democrat politician and supporting Israel is presently at odds with the party line.
Joe Crowley, who will pick the [Demwit] nominee for the Sept. 13 special election, is anxious to carve up Weiner's former territory when state lawmakers redraw district lines in 2012 to reduce New York's congressional delegation by two.Is there a Pubbie in the race? The excerpt doesn't mention this.
“Hot and Weiner should never be used in the same sentence.”
That’s what I’m thinking. If his ‘seat’ was hot, he wouldn’t have needed to send that Twitter picture to 18,000 people to get some reaction.
Meanwhile, the Queens Republican Party appeared ready last night to tap businessman Bob Turner to run in the Sept. 13 special election, sources told The Post. Turner, who got 40 percent of the vote when he ran against Weiner last year, has support from Brooklyn Republicans and the Conservative Party.I know Andy Sullivan the 9/11 Hardhat was considering running but I guess the Queens GOP made a safe choice in Turner since he does have name recognition and got 40% against Weiner.
LOL do you know Ben Bernanke worked there as a kid?
Why doesn’t Huma run? She could carry on the Weiner legacy.
Maybe it’s time for Chelsea Clinton Mezvinsky to step up and do her civic duty. Surely she would be a slam dunk winner here.
We have our candidate. Bob Turner, the guy that ran last year.
The rats picked Assemblyman David Weprin.
You're pretty much correct on that, but there are gullible Jewish 'Rats who will buy into deceptions, especially if the 'Rat candidate is Jewish, as he is in this special election.
From what I see, it's not official yet. At least three other Republicans are still vying for the nomination. It will be up to the two (unfortunately weak) county organizations to pick a candidate. There are no primaries in a special election in NY.
Bob Turner gamely took on Weiner last year, and actually managed to put the race on the radar screen. However, the NY-09 is one of those districts in which we need to eliminate any excuse that otherwise conservative voters have for voting for the Democrat once again. Just like running someone who is less than 100% pro-life will bring about our defeat in blue-collar Catholic districts (even against a pro-abortion Democrat), since “neither one really follows Catholic teaching on abortion, so I might as well vote for the Democrat who .follows Church teachings on economic issues [sic],” the GOP failing to run a Jewish candidate in the NY-09 will cause enough Jewish voters to cast their votes for the Jewish Democrat in spite of them agreeing with the Republican on more issues. I have nothing against Bob Turner, but I think that his high-water mark would be 46%.
The candidate I would love to see run for the GOP is Orthodox Jewish community leader (and now judge) Noach Dear, who is a former Democrat who ran against Weiner several times in the late ‘90s and early ‘00s, but since we don’t know in which districts the Brooklyn Orthodox Jewish communities will be placed for 2012 (Dem redistricters will likely want to split them up again, perhaps among 3 or 4 districts this time), he may not be willing to give up his judgeship to run.
I've heard the name, but was unaware he left the 'Rat party officially.
In the meantime, Crowley, the head of the Queens County Democratic Party, does not actually reside in Queens although he has a home in Woodside. He really lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and kids. Crowley must go. He is a demagogue who tossed away his pro life principles to be a good Demoncrat. Crowley and Weiner are two sides of the same coin.
I don’t think that Noach Dear was interested. He’s on the state Supreme Court now.
NY Supreme Court is nothing but a local judgeship for which a number of former members of Congress “retire” to. The top court in NY is the Court of Appeals.
Probably a little bit sticky, too.
I think Turner is a poor choice, so I’m glad to hear there are others interested. The character of the race has changed since last time; it is now very high-profile and needs a high-profile contender. Andy Sullivan would be great.
Unfortunately, the stingy and weak GOP county committees are primarily interested in how much of a candidate's personal money can be applied to his campaign, which should work to Turner's advantage for the party nomination.
Looks like Andy might be on the Staten Island Ferry in that photo.
I knew that from watching "Law and Order" I've always thought it was weird.
Anyhow, Turner/Welprin IS official.
Weprin that is.
Mayor Koch has practically endorsed Turner because of Obama’s anti-Israel, anti-semitic politics.
Why only practically? He should flat out endorse him.