The day dawned on Brooklyn and Queens today with Republican Congressional nominee Bob Turner attacking his Democratic opponent, David Weprin, for taking money from disgraced lobbyist Richard Lipsky for his City Council and Comptroller campaigns.
“David Weprin knows Richard Lipsky is awaiting federal trial for bribery and he knows he took money from him, so it surprising that Mr. Weprin has not returned the cash,” said Turner campaign spokesman William O’Reilly. “New Yorkers have lost faith in local government because of the avalanche of corruption scandals, especially in Brooklyn. The Lipsky money, regardless of when it was given, is clearly tainted and it should have been returned.”
Lipsky is accused by federal prosecutors of bribing Richard Lipsky, and he has given $1,000 to two of Weprin’s previous campaigns.
Weprin meanwhile, spent the morning on the Brian Lehrer show where he said that the difference between him and Turner on the question of Israel–which has become one of the central questions of the race–were not that great.
“I don’t think we differ too much for our strength for the state of Israel,” he told the radio host. “But I think we have to really talk about the other issues where there’s really a major difference.”
But he stressed the difference between the two on issues like the debt ceiling measure that recently passed through Congress.
“[Turner] indicated that he would’ve voted for the bill, he also ruled out any form of taxation, which could result in significant cuts in the trillions of dollars if there is no revenue portion, I feel there’s room for taxation on oil companies, closing corporate loopholes, specifically companies that export jobs over seas can be taxed And I think there is room for a real millionaires tax.”
Weprin then traveled to Queens where he received the endorsement of a host of female elected officials–women are a key base Democratic vote–including Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney.
“Despite significant progress, there is still much work to be done to ensure women are treated with equality and respect, and as the father of two daughters, I am personally committed to building a country where all women have access to the tools to build a bright future,” Weprin said in a statement sent out by the campaign. “We all count on women, from our mothers to our elected officials and business leaders, so we all thrive when they succeed.”
It is worth noting as well that the campaign downplayed Weprin’s experience as an elected official. Previous campaigns have noted that he served in the City Council and as the finance chairman there, but after Turner spent yesterday attacking him on it, the Weprin campaign is going with a more issue oriented approach.
“As a candidate for Congress, David has promised to protect Medicare and Social Security, programs that have a disproportionate impact upon. Weprin’s opponent supports drastic cuts that would decimate these programs. ”
At the event, Weprin veered off message however when he was asked if he supports Barack Obama for re-election.
“I’m running myself right now,” he said. “On Sept. 14, I’ll be happy to address the president’s election.”