Weiner's former seat goes to GOP

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GOP wins in NY House race, seen as Obama rebuke

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.

In a special election in May, Democrat Kathy Hochul won a heavily Republican upstate district after pledging to protect Medicare, the popular government health care plan for seniors.

The state replaced outdated lever-operated voting machines last year in favor of paper ballots and optical scanners, which take more time to close and process. Polls closed at 9 p.m. Tuesday, and results trickled in slowly, but a Board of Elections spokeswoman said the vote-tallying system ran smoothly and there were no problems to report.
 

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It's amazing how much has changed in three years. Again, the economy is the #1 issue going into the 2012 election, and Obama cannot run on this #1 issue because he made things way worse. And they already found out that the blame game no longer works. With this latest defeat, I'm growing increasingly certain that democrats will entertain the idea of having someone else run and make Obama step aside. That, or pray a new VP choice can breathe new life into the campaign. But the problem is clearly Obama. The democrats stand to lose alot more than the White House in 2012.

And I'd be pissed if I were a liberal because these scumbag far lefties ran amuck, passing wasteful spending measures, bragging about not reading whatever they're voting on...some even spoke out on their admiration for Castro (might've been Maxine Waters, I think). They proved that they were just so out of touch with reality and they're going to pay dearly for it.
 

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I don't think this specific vote was economy at all. this was pro-Israel extremists voting how you'd expect them to vote when they are raging that the UN will be taking up Palestinian cause soon.
 

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I like how every election has been a "referendum on President Barack Obama's economic policies" :haha7:
 

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I don't think this specific vote was economy at all. this was pro-Israel extremists voting how you'd expect them to vote when they are raging that the UN will be taking up Palestinian cause soon.
Extremists?

:really?:

It's a 40% Jewish district and they elected a Catholic over an Orthodox Jew.

I like how every election has been a "referendum on President Barack Obama's economic policies" :haha7:
Yeah, kinda like how EVERYTHING that happened EVERYWHERE was Bush's fault back in 2008.
 

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The voters of the 9th CD are clearly antisemitic.

What's the world coming to when a Roman Catholic gets the majority of votes in a Geu district?


Debbie Wasserman Schultz better start fighting for her seat now.
 

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Extremists?

:really?:

It's a 40% Jewish district and they elected a Catholic over an Orthodox Jew.
They also have 3 times as many registered Democrats as they do Republicans. This should have been a easy win for the dems. Oops.


I don't think this specific vote was economy at all. this was pro-Israel extremists voting how you'd expect them to vote when they are raging that the UN will be taking up Palestinian cause soon.
I guess you didn't see the Democratic nominee's ads attacking Obama's stance on Israel. This was more than just that. This was a fuck you to the Democrats and Obama.
 

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I think it's also a referendum on just how disappointed his hardcore liberal base is that he hasn't delivered on all that Hope and Change and just aren't motivated to turn out for him.
 

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I think it's also a referendum on just how disappointed his hardcore liberal base is that he hasn't delivered on all that Hope and Change and just aren't motivated to turn out for him.
Agreed.















But reported. :icon_cool
 

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Debbie Wasserman-Schultz: NY-9 is “a very difficult district for Democrats” -- So difficult democrats have held that district since 1923, including some recent FAR-leftists such as Schumer and Weiner... What a dummy!
 

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I like how every election has been a "referendum on President Barack Obama's economic policies" :haha7:
Remember this? It's the economy, stupid.

It is.

Next November is going to be a slaughter at this rate. Oops, please don't report me to "Attack Watch".
 

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Thought this was funny...

Obama hates Israel billboards go up in New York City.
Jewish Voice ^ | Sept 13th, 2011

Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 3:03:26 PM

The Emergency Committee for Israel has been ramping up its criticism of the Obama administration, launching ad campaigns in the run-up to today’s NY-9 election and the Palestinian unilateral statehood declaration at the UN.

The group’s latest billboard ads, which went up today, feature a giant photo of President Obama and Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas sharing a jovial handshake in front of a Palestinian flag. “Attacking Israel at the United Nations: Not Pro-Israel,” blares one of the billboards.

“Calling for a divided Jerusalem: Not Pro-Israel,” reads another.

The billboards have popped up at locations across the city, including 11th Avenue & 38th Street (Lincoln Tunnel entrance), Centre Street & Grand Street... in SoHo, 11th Avenue & 38th Street at the Javits Center, the entrance to Queensboro Bridge, and the Long Island Expressway entrance to the Midtown tunnel. They direct New Yorkers to ECI’s new website, www.NotProIsrael.com.

Obama’s growing problem with Jewish voters has been in the forefront of the news with the NY-9 race. With the looming possibility of a unilateral Palestinian declaration at the UN, the Obama administration will likely be under even more scrutiny with Jewish and pro-Israel voters.

 

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At this rate the Big Zero is running out of groups to blame for his ineptitude.