On Thursday evening, David Weprin, flanked by his brother Mark, spoke to journalists outside the Thomas Jefferson Democratic Club in Canarsie. In a brief scrum, Weprin said that he doesn’t tweet and doesn’t support returning Israel to its pre-1967 borders, but is supportive of Nancy Pelosi.
Weprin, a Queens Assemblyman, had been chosen by the Queens Democratic Party earlier in the day to represent the party in the special election in the Ninth Congressional District, which lies mostly in Queens. His father was the powerful speaker, Saul Weprin, who spent a lifetime rising through the Queens political ranks, and his brother, Mark, is a Queens City Councilman.
But his roll-out came in Brooklyn.
Frank Seddio, a Democratic district leader in the borough, described Weprin as
“less arrogant” not having “the arrogance of a [Anthony] Weiner” and being “softer” than him too [quote fixed].
Inside the club, Weprin recognized a lot of the old faces on the wall, including Stanley Fink, a skinny Marty Markowitz, and a number of other Brooklyn politicians. Though he was raised in Queens, Weprin’s parents met at the Franklin Avenue subway stop and their first date was to Coney Island for a parachute jump.
Asked if he had any “reservations about the future” of the district — which is expected to be drawn out of existence next year — Weprin said: “Haven’t had that discussion and that was not part of the arrangement. The county leaders never said, ‘We only want you to do this on an interim basis.’ They said they wanted me to do the best job I could.”
Weprin said he would campaign hard for the seat. “The Republican Party nationally is going to be putting a lot of resources into this race,” he said.
As a sign of how big — or small — the race might be, a woman standing nearing the club, Jeanette Rivera, a 45-year-old mother of three, yelled out upon his arrival: Here comes the president!