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NYC Dems elect Republican in Slap to Obama!

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GOP wins in NY House race, seen as Obama rebuke

APBy BETH FOUHY
  • FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2011 file photo, congressional candidate David Weprin listens while being introducted at a campaign stop in Queens, N.Y. Weprin, a Democrat and a member of the state assembly, made the campaign stop to seek the support of seniors in his quest to replace former Rep. Anthony Weiner. An upset win by Weprin's opponent, Republican Bob Turner in the Brooklyn and Queens area district Tuesday Sept 13, 2011,would be the latest indication of the depth of President Barack Obama's problems just over a year before he seeks re-election. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2011 file photo, congressional candidate David Weprin listens …

  • In this Aug. 31, 2011 photo, Republican congressional candidate Bob Turner speaks during an interview before participating in a small business forum in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The race to succeed Anthony Weiner in New York's 9th congressional district was never supposed to be close. But the weak national economy, disenchantment with President Barack Obama, and New York-centric clashes over Israel and gay marriage have made the contest surprisingly competitive. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

    In this Aug. 31, 2011 photo, Republican congressional candidate Bob Turner speaks …

 

NEW YORK (AP) — Republicans have scored an upset victory in a House race that started as a contest to replace Rep. Anthony Weiner after he resigned in a sexting scandal but became a referendum on President Barack Obama's economic policies.

Retired media executive and political novice Bob Turner defeated Democratic state Assemblyman David Weprin on Tuesday in the special election to fill the seat vacated by Weiner, a seven-term Democrat who resigned in June.

With more than 80 percent of precincts reporting, Turner had 54 percent of the vote to Weprin's 46 percent in unofficial results.

"We've been asked by the people of this district to send a message to Washington," Turner told supporters after the landmark win. "I hope they hear it loud and clear. We've been told this is a referendum. Mr. President, we are on the wrong track. We have had it with an irresponsible fiscal policy which endangers the entire economy."

Weprin did not immediately concede.

The heavily Democratic district, which spans parts of Queens and Brooklyn, had never sent a Republican to the House. But frustration with the continued weak national economy gave Republicans the edge.

Turner has vowed to bring business practicality to Washington and push back on spending and taxes.

The race was supposed to be an easy win for Democrats, who have a 3-1 ratio registration advantage in the district.

Weprin, a 56-year-old Orthodox Jew and member of a prominent Queens political family, seemed a good fit for the largely white, working-class district, which is nearly 40 percent Jewish.

But voter frustration with Obama put Weprin in the unlikely spot of playing defense. A Siena Poll released Friday found just 43 percent of likely voters approved of the president's job performance, while 54 percent said they disapproved. Among independents, just 29 percent said they approved of Obama's job performance.

Turner, a 70-year-old Catholic, vowed to push back on Obama's policies if elected. He received help from prominent Republicans including former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, whose much-praised stewardship of the city after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks was recalled during the 10th anniversary of the attacks last weekend.

Weprin became embroiled in New York-centric disputes over Israel and gay marriage, which cost him some support among Jewish voters.

Orthodox Jews, who tend to be conservative on social issues, expressed anger over Weprin's vote in the Assembly to legalize gay marriage. In July, New York became one of six states to recognize same-sex nuptials.

Former Mayor Ed Koch, a Democrat, endorsed Turner in July as a way to "send a message" to Obama on his policies toward Israel. And Weprin was challenged on his support of a proposed Islamic center and mosque near the World Trade Center site, in lower Manhattan.

The Democratic Party enlisted two of its biggest guns, former President Bill Clinton and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, to record phone calls for Weprin. And Democrats relied on organized labor and other affiliated groups to bring voters to the polls.

The House seat opened up when Weiner was pushed by party leaders to resign after sending sexually provocative tweets and text messages to women he met online.

The trouble for Weiner, who served seven terms, began when a photo of a man's crotch surfaced on his Twitter feed. He initially denied the photo was of him but later admitted it was.

Weiner, who's married, resigned June 16 after two weeks of fighting off pressure to step aside. He apologized for "the embarrassment that I have caused" and said he hoped to continue to fight for the causes dear to his constituents.

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Comments

1.
konaneComment by konane - September 14, 2011, 7:43 am
Change is afoot all over the place, guess this is part of it. ;-)
2.
JAP69Comment by JAP69 - September 14, 2011, 7:50 am
The thrill of victory.
Makes no matter if the district is going to be lost in redistricting. It is the victory in a big time dem stronghold.
3.
jarasanComment by jarasan - September 14, 2011, 9:15 am
The idiot Dumbocrats keep repeating the mantra that this is not going to happen in 2012! They keep playing the same hand over and over because they are bereft of ideas and are in denial mode. We need to deliver the coup de gras next year and remove them from power until they are all pushing daisies and this nightmare of failed communism/fascism/marxist crap is a bad memory.
4.
Comment by scorpio - September 14, 2011, 9:42 am
ha ha,they will pay for this republican ,as pretty soon the jewish will be poor too.Obama has only the Blacks,whites,spanish left to support him and the republicans will make it hard for them to vote.
5.
jarasanComment by jarasan - September 14, 2011, 11:38 am
Crack dumbocrat crackety crack crackety dumbocrat.
6.
ToddComment by Todd - September 14, 2011, 12:37 pm
It's been 80 YEARS since a Republican last won that seat. A Republican didn't even win the seat after Jimmy Carter was president. Could this be a harbinger of a filibuster-proof Senate? I really hope so, we so desperately need to repeal ObamaCare.
7.
sully16Comment by sully16 - September 14, 2011, 2:08 pm
I agree Todd, there is no Obamacare survival kit to be had, we will all be walking wounded.
8.
rdgrnrComment by rdgrnr - September 15, 2011, 1:45 am
It was good to hear good news after listening to Obama's lies all the time.
That speech was a doozy, "Pass my Spending, whoops, I mean my Jobs Bill now!"

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