2010-06-18 / Top Stories

Breezy Grandpa Wants Weiner’s Seat

By Nicholas Briano

Breezy Point resident and Republican, Bob Turner, is seeking to unseat longtime incumbent Congressman Anthony Weiner in November’s general election. Breezy Point resident and Republican, Bob Turner, is seeking to unseat longtime incumbent Congressman Anthony Weiner in November’s general election. Republican candidate for Congress, Bob Turner, says he’s not a politician. However, the Breezy Point grandfather of eleven has politics on his mind and like many conservatives these days, he feels the country is going down the tubes.

Turner, now retired from the entertainment business, where he once contributed to bringing “The Jerry Springer Show” to life, as well as other accomplishments, says he is fed up with politics as usual in Washington.

“I am concerned and displeased at the direction this country is heading,” he told The Wave this week. “Everyone should be concerned, not just me.”

Turner plans to take on longtime incumbent Anthony Weiner in November’s general election for a seat in New York’s 9th Congressional District. Turner says he has been a lifelong resident of the district and has been living full-time on the peninsula for more than 20 years.

Although he didn’t lay out many ideas for the district, he did talk extensively about his displeasure with the health care bill and the possible negative impact it will have on everyone’s insurance premiums. He insisted that creating an open marketplace for insurance companies to compete will only lead to higher premiums for everyone.

He suggests that while health care reform is needed, a less costly solution can be accomplished with the creation of high-risk insurance pools subsidized by federal and state funds. By doing this, Turner says the overall cost can be reduced through medical tort reform and interstate competition among private insurance companies.

Turner admitted that it is extremely difficult to unseat an incumbent, especially a democrat in New York City, but he thinks that more people are fed up with what is going on in Washington than is assumed.

“The middle class is being burdened by health care reform and needless spending,” he said. “I think they are beginning to realize this and need someone who will not use taxpayer money to insulate their positions in Washington.”

As a result, Turner is proposing massive appropriations reform where duplicate and redundant spending is eliminated from the federal budget.

He also envisions a multiple use plan for Gateway National Recreation Area.

“Whose park is it?” he asked. “We need to tell them what we want to do there. National Park Service needs to stop fighting and start encouraging different uses of the park because it is our park and they need to know that.”

The ferry service, he says, is pivotal to encouraging park visitors and he wants to find a way to keep the service so that it can make Gateway a destination for many people outside the peninsula, provided there are programs, events, and things to do at Gateway.

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