Skip to comments.GOP's Turner Has a Fighting Chance for Weiner's House Seat
Posted on 07/18/2011 9:31:04 PM PDT by neverdem
Bob Turner can put New York-9 in Republican hands for two reasons, Mark Goret, New York Conservative Party state committeeman and Conservative leader from Riverdale, explained to HUMAN EVENTS. First, he got 41% of the vote against [then-Democratic Rep. Anthony] Weiner last November, which is unheard of in the 9th.
And second, hes a businessman, a citizen-politician like Ronald Reagan. Republicans lost the last three special elections for Congress in New York State because all of the candidates were state legislatorsJim Tedesco [NY-20 in 09], Dede Scozzafava [NY-23 in '10] and Jane Corwin [NY-26 in '11]and voters hold politicians, and especially state legislators, in contempt.
That was quite an analysis. But more than a few New Yorkers are beginning to agree with Goret: Retired cable television executive and 2010 Republican nominee Bob Turner just might win the Sept. 13 special election to replace Weiner, who resigned from the 9th District (Brooklyn-Queens) seat amid a nationally watched scandal,
HUMAN EVENTS spoke to the 70-year-old Turner days after he was nominated for the special election by the Republican and Conservative Parties. Recalling his stunning performance against Weiner last fall (long before the scandal involving lurid Twitter photos broke), Turner told us: It was due in large part to all the volunteers that came out and to the diverse groups in the community that thought for themselves.
By those groups, the candidate was referring to Orthodox and Russian Jews and the growing Vietnamese communityall important political players in the 9th District. In addition, where the 9th was long referred to as "the Brooklyn district" in the days when it was represented by Democratic Representatives Emanuel Cellar (1922-'72), Elizabeth Holtzman (1972-'80) and Chuck Schumer (1980-'98), recent redistricting has added significant portions of Queens to the district.
The tightly knit ethnic communities in the Queens portion of the district's Italian Catholic, Republican-leaning neighborhoods in Bergen Beach, Mill Basin, Marine Park, Canarsie, Glendale, Maspeth, Middle Village, Woodhaven, South Ozone Park and Howard Beach could swing the vote to Turner.
In terms of politics, the 9th, according to a recent analysis in National Journal, trended more Republican than any other district in the country from the 2000 to the 2008 presidential election. Al Gore carried the district in a landslide, winning 67% of the vote. But it gave John Kerry just 56% in 2004, a striking 11-point dip. The gain was largely attributable to voters' strong support of George W. Bush's counterterrorism policies post-9/11, but four years, later John McCain carried the same 44% of the vote as Bush, even as President Obama significantly outperformed Kerry across the country.
Put another way, New York-9 is actually more promising for Republicans than California-36, which had its special U.S. House race two weeks ago. CA-36 gave 64% of the vote to Obama, and the Republican candidate in the special election lost by only 55% to 45%.
"And Obama and his plans for raising taxes aren't popular here, just as ObamaCare wasn't popular when I ran last year," Turner told us. "I won't vote for anything that looks like a tax increase. I say let's stimulate business to create jobs and put people back to workwith cutting corporate taxes and offering tax credits for things like development and oil exploration. Reagan did it this way and it worked before. It will work again."
Area Democrats recently settled on State Assemblyman David Weprin as their nominee in the special election. The son of the late Assembly Speaker Saul Weprin, David's voting record is as liberal as it gets on economic and social issues, thus setting the stage for a classic ideological clash with Turner.
More than a few prominent New York Democrats have made it clear they are not enamored with Democratic nominee Weprin and may take a walk. Veteran Democratic State Assemblyman Dov Hikind has suggested he may break party lines to back Republican Turner. Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch, a Democrat who has backed Republicans in the past, made headlines recently when he hinted strongly he may support Turner because a Republican victory in the 9th would send a signal of disapproval of the Obama administration's policy toward Israel.
The same day as a new congressman is elected, there will be a special election in Queens to fill the seat of the Democratic assemblywoman who was named county clerk. Jane Deacy, Republican district leader, is thought to have a reasonable shot at winning the seat (which is within the boundaries of the 9th District) and, as Turner told us, "we help one another."
A Republican pickup of Anthony Weiner's district on Sept. 13 would send political shock waves nationwide. It is, to be sure, a long shot. But it could happen. David Pietrusza, historian and author who knows all things New York, put it best: "Turner will have to hang Weprin's liberal voting record around his neck. He needs to catch all the breaks and make some of his own, but his strong race against Weiner puts him within striking distance."
Since Weiner has quit, this can’t quite be dubbed the Weiner-Turner contest can it? (Hot dog)
Things are getting pretty crazy in New York these days.
Did anyone ever say if Weiner’s wife was really pregnant or if they are divorcing?
A victory in this race would be pretty amazing.
Turner’s chances rest on 2012 being a much better year for Republicans than 2010. How likely does that seem?
I’ll believe it when I see it. The idiots in this district overwhelmingly backed Weiner to stay in office.
Sorry, but the GOP has no chance. Just as the GOP had no chance here in So. Cal last week. This is all pure fantasy.
He won’t be voted on in 2012; this is a Special Election coming up in September.
Thanks for the correction.
I will be difficult for the Pubbie to take this seat but maybe the people who “overwhelmingly backed Weiner” will feel betrayed and disgusted enough to just sit this one out. And, maybe some, out of revenge against Weiner and to hurt his Party, will vote GOP.
p.s. And Ed Koch endorsing the GOP candidate doesn’t hurt.
My family lived in this CD back when The Schmuck was its congressman.
The thought of electing someone who's not an embarrassment to the human race would have been unheard of a decade ago.
I’ll believe it when I see it happen.
Every election we’re told that a bunch of big, blue liberal districts might finally go conservative.
And every election, the big lib wins in a crushing landslide.
I hope a conservative replaces Weiner - but I don’t think it’s going to happen.
Weiner and Huma just celebrated their 1st anniversary in Miami.
The article mentions Huma sporting "a baby bump" as she is being photographed outside the restaurant.
So did that disgusting tactic work for the Rat? Did he win election for the assembly seat using those ads? If it did work him then you just know he will try it again.
I hope they stay in Miami.
Human Events makes more mistaken predictions than Jimmy the Greek. This guy has no chance of getting the votes of the idiots who supported Weiner. They are going to do a 180 from the most despicable member of the House to someone rational? Never.
I’m surprised that Chelsea Clinton wasn’t picked for the Dem candidate. This seems like the perfect setup for her.