His opponent was Democrat so-called Orthodox, self hating Jew David Weprin. I say self-hating for the following reasons:
Weprin, who is nominally an Orthodox Jew, supported legalizing same-sex marriage, upsetting Orthodox Jews, who comprised about a third of the Jewish voters in the district according to a New York consultant. In a 2011 debate against Bob Friedrich, his opponent for the New York Assembly, Weprin defended the Park51 project. Turner had hosted a demonstration against Park51 and attempted to use Weprin’s comments to ensure support of Jewish district residents opposed to Park51. Former New York mayor Ed Koch supported Turner to send a message to Barack Obama about his disagreements with the Israeli government. Turner was also supported by Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a Democrat and an orthodox Jew, and local rabbis.
Here’s some background on Bob Turner.
This win appears to be all about Obama’s sagging approval ratings, due to his massive spending, and his pressuring of Israel.
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.
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.
Now while this is good news, word is the 9th congressional district is expected to be eliminated in about a year.
Whoever wins Tuesday’s special election may not serve for long.
The seat is expected to be targeted by state lawmakers who will be forced to eliminate two districts next year.
Here’s what a Manhattan conservative acquaintance emailed to me about this elimination:
I LIVE IN DISTRICT 9 WHERE THE NY GOP HAS TOLD NY 1 THE LOCAL TV NEWS STATION AND THE TURNER CAMPAIGN STATED LAST NIGHT, THAT THE NY GOP WILL DISSOLVE THE NEWLY REPUBLICAN DISTRICT IN ONE YEAR AND TURN IT OVER/MERGE IT INTO THE ADJACENT LIBERAL DEMOCRAT, OBAMA LOVING DISTRICT. TURNER SPOKESPERSON STATED THE GOP DID NOT BELIEVE IT COULD RETAIN THE 9TH DISTRICT SEAT IN 2011 AND SO PREFER TO MERGE IT WITH THE ADJACENT DISTRICT FIRMLY IN THE HANDS OF LIBERAL DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP.
TURNER HIMSELF STATED IN HIS VICTORY SPEECH, “WE WILL SEND A MESSAGE FOR 1 YEAR.” TURNER AGREED TO COME OUT OF RETIREMENT TO RUN FOR WEINERS SEAT WITH THE PROVISO THAT HE WAS ONLY WILLING TO GO TO WASHINGTON FOR 1 YEAR. THE NY GOP AGREED TO TURN THE DISTRICT OVER TO THE DEMS AT THAT POINT BY DISSOLVING IT INTO THE ADJACENT DISTRICT.
THE REASON THAT THE DEMS HAVE HELD THIS DISTRICT AND MANY OTHER ONES LIKE IT IN QUEENS AND BROOKLYN IS BECAUSE THERE HAS BEEN A FINANCIAL DEAL BETWEEN THE LOCAL GOP AND THE DEMOCRAT CLUBHOUSE TO KEEP THESE DISTRICTS IN DEMOCRATIC CONTROL.. THAT HAS BEE THE CASE IN NITA LOWEYS AND CHUCK SCHUMERS DISTRICTS AMONG THE MANY.
IN EXCHANGE FOR THE GOODS FROM , GOP HAS ALWAYS RUN LOSER CAMPAIGNS WITH LITTLE PR IF ANY, WITH LOSER CANDIDATES WHO LIKE A PAID OFF PRIZE FIGHTER, DO NOT MENTION THE WORD REPUBLICAN AND PLAN TO LOSE.
THE ONLY REASON TURNER WON THIS TIME IS BECAUSE 1. THE VISIBILITY OF THE WEINER SCANDAL AND 2 THE DEAL WITH THE DEMOCRATIC CLUB HERE WAS MUCH MUCH BIGGER…LET TURNER WIN, AND IN ONE YEAR HE WILL RETIRE AND WE WILL CEDE/MERGE THE ENTIRE 9TH DISTRICT TO THE LIBERALS.
LAST NIGHT TURNER SAID IN HIS ACCEPTANCE SPEECH, “WE WILL SEND A MESSAGE FOR 1 YEAR.”
THE FIX IS IN AS USUAL, AND THE LOSERS ARE UNFORTUNATELY THE VOTERS OF THE 9TH DISTRICT WHOSE CORRUPT GOP LEADERSHIP IS GOING TO SELL THEM OUT NEXT YEAR.