Queens Republicans Express Cautious Optimism About Joe Lhota’s Chances

Joe Lhota with Councilman Eric Ulrich and ex-Congressman Bob Turner.
Joe Lhota speaking to Eric Ulrich and Bob Turner.

As they devoured buffalo chicken pizza and stuffed shells at a Queens fund-raiser last night, Republicans strained to remain optimistic about Joe Lhota’s dimming prospects in the mayor’s race.

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Bob Turner Not Conceding Queens GOP Leadership Fight

Former Congressman Bob Turner. (Photo: Getty)
Former Congressman Bob Turner. (Photo: Getty)

Though the Queens Republican Party declared incumbent chairman Phil Ragusa the victor in a tense leadership vote last week, insurgent candidate Bob Turner is not backing down yet.

The former congressman–like past challengers of Mr. Ragusa–is claiming he won the election and is hoping to invalidate his opponent’s victory in court. Continue reading “Bob Turner Not Conceding Queens GOP Leadership Fight”

Eric Ulrich Calls for Bob Turner to Lead Queens Republican Party

Former Congressman Bob Turner.
Former Congressman Bob Turner.

In the wake of bribery charges being brought against the Queens Republican Party’s executive vice president, Republican Councilman Eric Ulrich is calling for former Congressman Bob Turner to the lead the party.

“I want to see Bob Turner as the next chairman and I want [Queens GOP Chair] Phil Ragusa to resign immediately,” Mr. Ulrich told Politicker. “I believe Ragusa has an obligation to step aside. The only person who can bring peace and bring people together is Bob Turner because of his integrity, character and ability to work with people on different sides. He’s very conciliatory.” Continue reading “Eric Ulrich Calls for Bob Turner to Lead Queens Republican Party”

President Obama Reflects on the Passing of Ed Koch

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(Photo: Getty)

In 1981, when Ed Koch was mayor, President Barack Obama moved to New York City to study at Columbia University. Today, Mr. Obama joined New Yorkers in mourning Mr. Koch’s death.

“Ed Koch was an extraordinary Mayor, irrepressible character, and quintessential New Yorker,” Mr. Obama said in a statement. “He took office at a time when New York was in fiscal crisis, and helped his city achieve economic renewal, expand affordable housing, and extend opportunity to more of its people.”

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Bob Turner Is Done With the Whole Politics Thing

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Last year, GOP Congressman Bob Turner drew national headlines when he notched an upset victory in the special election to replace Rep. Anthony Weiner, whose infaous lewd tweet led to the liberal firebrand’s resignation. However, after giving up his seat for a failed Senate bid and watching his party lose the presidential election, it sounds like Mr. Turner might be giving up the political life.

“I’m very disappointed, but the country has changed, its demographics, its values, but I’m part of the old guard,” Mr. Turner said at Councilman Eric Ulrich’s election night event, according to Forest Hills Patch. “I think it’s a really sad day.”

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