Turner Has Only $70K In The Bank

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Congressman Turner (Photo: Facebook)

Recently elected GOP Congressman Bob Turner reported a relatively modest campaign haul today, showing just $76,000 raised with $71,000 cash on hand since the last reporting period. This is not  an especially large pot of money to to proceed forward in what could be a tough reelection environment for him. For comparison, New York City’s other Republican Congressman, Michael Grimm, raised hundreds of thousands of dollars this cycle and has over a million dollars in the bank.

Mr. Turner won a special election last summer in a fairly Democratic district that former Congressman Anthony Weiner left behind when a tweet scandal infamously imploded his career. The Democratic-leaning nature of the district alone could present a challenge for the freshman Congressman, but his district additionally faces perhaps more uncertainty in the redistricting process than any other seat.

New York is slated to lose two districts this year due to its relative population loss compared to the rest of the country, and Mr. Turner, who occupies an oddly shaped seat surrounded by areas that reported weak population growth int he last Census, has a decent chance of seeing his district divided up into nearby districts.

Because of the uncertainty surrounding redistricting, no Democratic challengers have declared their intentions to run for the seat either. Queens Assemblyman Rory Lancman is viewed as a likely candidate should the district survive.

Notably among Mr. Turner’s contributors is Marc Cenedella, a candidate seeking the Republican nomination to challenge Senator Kirsten Gillibrand this fall. Mr. Cenedella gave $2,500.

A low fundraising isn’t necessarily a huge problem for Mr. Turner. A wealthy former television executive he poured in $65,000 of his own money the last  time around and could do so again.

 

9 thoughts on “Turner Has Only $70K In The Bank

  1. Way to buy their spin in that last paragraph. A $65,000 investment is hardly enough (and really not “pouring” by the way) in the New York market to make up for having only $70,000 in the bank. To win a tough race in NYC (against an incumbent or Lanceman)  he’ll need  north of 1.5 million, everything else from their camp is drivel. 

    1. We didn’t communicate with any Republicans about this before publishing the post, fwiw, so any spin we provided on their behalf was subconsciously baked into our skulls already haha

      Lancman is an unproven fundraiser, and several Democrats that he could be paired with, like Carolyn McCarthy or Gary Ackerman, are not $1.5 million dollar candidates themselves.  Ackerman raised about $58k last time he reported a number

      1. You realize their is a huge difference between between being elected in a special election months ago and two long standing elected members of congress, right? McCarthy  has been in congress since 1997 and as of last quarter has $580k in the bank and Ackerman  has been there sine 1983 and had $600k in the bank. These are folks who if they are in danger can tap a massive (and national) fundraising list. If you want to win against a real opponent (not Weprin) you need to have a lot more than $70k, and a $65,000 loan is a drop in the bucket. 

        Also, you did the story without getting their reaction to it? C’mon, this is the big leagues. 

      2. Eh. I don’t think a reaction to something that’s a publicly 100% verifiable report is necessary in this instance. I don’t think I need to ask for spin before we publish something so overwhelmingly fact-based and founded on publicly available numbers.  

        I would additionally posit that attempting to get a statement about something like this would be a futile gesture at 6pm on a Friday. Hah, also a little confused about whether I have too much spin or not enough of it now 😉

      3. Are they $1.5 million candidates or no? You assumed not, but the evidence says otherwise. Sloppy reporting. 

  2. $1.7m you quote?!?!? For longtime incumbent re-elects? An entire cycle’s
    take.  Turner raised $1/2m in 6 weeks for first win (a HUGE upset),
    against DCCC and $2m Weprin campaign.  What makes you think his numbers
    won’t accelerate drastically?  This is a seat that hasn’t been held by
    (R) since 1923.  Only an infant would believe Q4 raised is any
    indication of what’s to come.  A force to be reckoned with because his
    message resonates with working-class district fed-up with economy in
    hands of Democrats.  Hard to have your hand out for more from same
    donors when you’ve just won and enjoying the results.

  3. $1.7m you quote?!?!? For longtime incumbent re-elects? An entire cycle’s
    take.  Turner raised $1/2m in 6 weeks for first win (a HUGE upset),
    against DCCC and $2m Weprin campaign.  What makes you think his numbers
    won’t accelerate drastically?  This is a seat that hasn’t been held by
    (R) since 1923.  Only an infant would believe Q4 raised is any
    indication of what’s to come.  A force to be reckoned with because his
    message resonates with working-class district fed-up with economy in
    hands of Democrats.  Hard to have your hand out for more from same
    donors when you’ve just won and enjoying the results.

  4. Tidal Wave Bob Turner will have all the money he needs to win re-election.

    Don’t let the balance in the Bank account fool you.

    He can raise at least Two Million and more 

    Thats not brag it is a FACT and believe me “the gods”

    Before there was the “Oracle at Delphi” there was Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

    VJ Machiavelli
    Power to the People who “VOTE”

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