Weiner Lost Rockaway
Seeing Congressman Weiner on TV last week with Congresswoman Bachmann was like deja vu all over again! As I watched Anthony Weiner refuse to answer direct questions about the debt ceiling while blaming Republicans for our economic problems, it reminded me why so many people in the Rockaways and Broad Channel area became politically active for the mid-term elections.
Anthony Weiner is seen by many in our area as the poster boy for everything that is wrong with Washington. A deeply entrenched liberal Democrat who skillfully misrepresents himself as a middle class champion in the media while riding the Democratic machine to re-election every two years.
I know that I am not alone with these sentiments because I was part of an unprecedented movement of first time volunteers who worked tirelessly and passionately towards change this past summer and fall.
Bob Turner of Rockaway Point, a retired businessman, stepped up to challenge Anthony Weiner. While Anthony Weiner was able to ride the Democratic machine to re-election, allow me to point out that the people in the Rockaways and Broad Channel area are not buying it anymore.
In fact, the residential areas covered by The Rockaway Wave voted against Anthony with a resounding No! Here were the numbers:
82%-18% Breezy/ Roxbury
56%-44% Belle Harbor/Neponsit
57%-43% Broad Channel
34%-66% Rockaway Park
Totals: 57% Turner 43% Weiner
Source: New York State Board of Elections 11/2/10 General Elections 9th CD.
What impresses me the most is that despite being outspent by the Weiner campaign by a margin of 4 to 1, despite getting zero support from the Republican Party, despite being a first time no name politician, and despite getting no mainstream media coverage, Bob Turner got 57% of the vote in the Rockaways; an area that was once a Weiner stronghold.
I am encouraged that at least in the Rockaways and Broad Channel, the political tide is changing.
MARGARET A. WAGNER