Skip to comments.Clinton-Cuomo robo-calls not likely to rescue Weprin (Still behind Turner in NY-9 Election Polls)
Posted on 09/12/2011 2:50:38 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Former President Bill Clinton and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recorded robo-calls to run today and tomorrow to express support for Democrat David Weprin in Weprin’s race against Republican Bob Turner to replace disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner in New York’s 9th Congressional district. The Daily Caller reports the content of the calls:
Ive known David for many years, and Ive known him to be a leader who stands up for whats right. In Congress hell stand up for middle class families and hell fight to preserve Social Security and Medicare. David will bring jobs to New York and get our economy moving. Thats why hes also been endorsed by the New York Times, says Cuomo, in a call that voters will receive on Monday.
Cuomo is an incredibly popular governor in the district, with a 59 percent approval rating and just 16 percent of residents disapproving.
The New York Times endorsed David. They support him for the same reasons I do: because hell stand up for the middle class, hell support a good program to put Americans back to work, and hell oppose the Tea Party plan to destroy Medicare, says Clinton, in a call that will run on Tuesday.
As those calls indicate, Weprin wants a repeat of the results in the NY-26 special election, when Democrat Kathy Hochul beat Republican Jane Corwin in a race almost entirely devoted to Medicare. But the Cuomo-Clinton calls aren’t enough to make that happen. As Ed wrote, Weprin’s not likely to share Hochul’s success — and it’s not because Republicans have learned how to sell entitlement reform. It’s because Obama’s disapproval ratings are dragging Weprin down — and maybe, just maybe, because NY-9 cares more about social issues than pundits popularly discuss.
The National Organization of Marriage has hit the NY-9 special election particularly hard, reminding voters that Weprin was a “yes” vote when the New York legislature voted to legalize same-sex marriage earlier this year. Anecdotal evidence suggests even some Democrats felt betrayed by that vote. Matt Lewis with more:
[Weprin] further incensed leaders in the Orthodox Jewish community usually reliable Democratic votes by claiming his orthodox faith was a rationale for voting to legalize same-sex marriage. In response, Queens Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a Democrat, even crossed party lines to endorse Republican Bob Turner.
But New York liberals like Weprin are beginning to see problems arise among other blocs, too. As the New York Times reports, Larry Yang, the Korean-American owner of a hardware store, in Queens was opposed to a public advertisement for same-sex weddings in his neighborhood and many among the large number of Korean-American Christians in Queens felt similarly but feared that if they spoke out they would be demonized by a liberal majority.
While conservatives have long worried that immigration and changing demographics would harm them politically, social issues may prove to be the wedge that could be the GOPs saving grace.
If [the Democrat] loses, it will be because of the demographics, says Hank Sheinkopf, a New York Democratic consultant.
It might not be as popular to talk about as jobs and the economy, but marriage still matters — even politically.
IF NOT, THE DEMS HOLD THIS SEAT IN A DISTRICT THAT IS 3-1 DEMOCRAT.
ONE THING IS CERTAIN -- DEMOCRATIC TURNOUT WILL BE UNENTHUSIASTIC AND LACKLUSTER.
I agree, but there’s no need to shout.
Where is fellow Democrat, Al Sharpton? When he will bring his rent - a - mob into the NY 9th and scream “interlopers”?
“and maybe, just maybe, because NY-9 cares more about social issues than pundits popularly discuss.”
including hotair’s allahpundit
I don’t know how accurate the polls are, but does anyone believe that robo-calls change anything? I know I’d never be influenced or motivated by one! The only notice I take of a robo-call is to see how fast I can hang up on it.
And then on Wednesday morning comes another election stolen by voter fraud! (I hope not, but it’s been a pattern.)
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