Obama for America, the organizing group behind the president’s 2008 campaign, is calling in the troops for NY-9, asking volunteers to make calls and knock on doors on David Weprin’s behalf on the Saturday before the Sept. 15th primary. Read More
The campaign in the 9th Congressional District has become so magical.
The David Weprin campaign announced this afternoon that they are sending in a Queens magician named “Wendy Wizard” to “endorse” Bob Turner at a fundraiser the Republican is having at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club.
According to the campaign:
“Tea Party Turner’s smoke and mirror budget tricks require a level of magical ability that only the greatest illusionists have mastered,” Wizard said from her underground lair in an undisclosed part of Queens while stroking a black cat named Oolong. “I’m proud to support my fellow magician’s candidacy because Read More
The New York Daily News endorsed Bob Turner for Congress this morning, calling him the candidate with “a real-world sense of the country’s fiscal distress and of the pressing need to jump-start employment opportunities.”
And they agreed with former mayor Ed Koch that voters should elect Turner to send a message to President Obama over his Israel policy, something that The Times criticized in their endorsement of Weprin.
Meanwhile, the editors hit Weprin for having vague policy prescriptions and for being the chosen candidate of the Brooklyn and Queens Democratic machines. Read More
A reader pointed to us a very interesting article in the Gay City News today in which Queens councilman Danny Dromm blasts former mayor Ed Koch for endorsing Bob Turner in the race for Anthony Weiner’s former Congressional seat.
Dromm, who is one of a handful of LGBT members of the City Council, says Koch should be supporting Democrat David Weprin, because Weprin supports same-sex marriage, and Koch, Dromm says, is gay.
“Koch’s whole thing is bizarre,” Dromm said, taking special exception to the former mayor’s support for an opponent of gay marriage since he is “a closet case.” Read More
David Weprin, the Democrat running to fill Anthony Weiner’s old Congressional seat in Brooklyn and Queens, scored the coveted endorsement from The New York Times this morning.
The endorsement knocks the fiscal policies of Weprin’s Republican opponent, Bob Turner, who has called for slashing taxes and government spending while not reducing benefits for Social Security or Medicare.
“That would take a magician, not a businessman,” the editors write.
And the piece also takes aim at former mayor Ed Koch for trying to make the race about Israel.
“The least helpful contribution to this race comes from former Mayor Ed Koch,” the editors write. Read More
Bob Turner gathered a handful of his 13 grandchildren together below the federal debt clock in midtown Manhattan this morning to lay out what he thinks the federal government should do to lower the deficit and turn economy around. Read More
A reader passes along the follow letter from Manhattan Democratic chairman Keith Wright, urging members of the local county party to cross the river (a big ask for Manhattanites) to help get out the vote for David Weprin the closing days of the Congressional race between Weprin and Bob Turner.
The letter is further proof that the race for this Brooklyn-Queens seat is closer than expected. Want further proof? According to a source, the powerhouse political operation over at SEIU 1199 is meeting today to decide whether or not they need to get further involved in the race as well.
Wright letter after the jump.
The Bob Turner campaign is continuing to have a little fun at the expense of David Weprin’s debate cancellation, sending a campaign volunteer out to drive from the Weprin campaign office to the location where the debate was supposed to be held.
As proof that the route between Mr. Weprin’s office and Bel Mondo Restaurant in Middle Village is clear, a Turner volunteer easily drove the route this afternoon: Read More
Earlier today Bob Turner sent out a statement calling for an independent federal damage assessment of New York’s Ninth Congressional District because it does not currently have congressional representation.
According to David Weprin, Turner’s Democratic opponent, this sudden interest in getting the federal government involved in disaster relief stands in stark relief to Turner’s previous Read More
David Weprin has pulled out of a civic association debate tonight against Bob Turner.
According to Bob Holden, the head of the Juniper Park Civic Association, Weprin, a Democrat running for the Brooklyn-Queens congressional seat vacated by Anthony Weiner, told the organizers that due to the storm, half of his campaign workers couldn’t make it to the office today.
Holder was not pleased with this response. Read More