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.”
Breezy Point, on the tip of the Rockaway Peninsula, was among the most devastated neighborhoods in New York City in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Indeed, floods and fires left the area reminiscent of a war zone.
The fires also claimed the homes of Congressman Bob Turner and State Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long, Crain’s Insider reported. Fortunately, Mr. Turner’s office told the publication that the congressman and his wife made it out safely. Mr. Long is safe-and-sound too.
A one-time supporter of Bob Turner who claims to have helped him get the Republican nomination now fears he may squander his shot at upsetting the once heavily-favored Democratic candidate in the Ninth Congressional District, because, in part, Turner lives in a “segregated” community and hasn’t fully engaged the Orthodox Jewish community.
Asher Taub, a lawyer and Orthodox Jew who once considered running for the seat, wrote a letter spelling out what he says Turner needs to do in order to defeat Democratic Assemblyman David Weprin. (According to today’s Siena poll, Weprin leads by only 6 points.)
Turner has to “go to Israel now;” “include Orthodox Jews in the top echelon of his campaign;” and “start personally campaigning in Orthodox areas in a serious fashion.”