2011-08-26 / Top Stories

Ulrich,Former Mayors Endorse Bob Turner

New York City Republican Councilmember Eric Ulrich has endorsed Republican businessman Bob Turner for Congress in the special election to replace former Congressman Anthony Weiner who recently resigned the seat. Ulrich made the endorsement while appearing at a senior center with Turner where they talked about protecting Social Security and Medicare.

In endorsing Turner for Congress, Ulrich said, “Bob Turner will fight to protect Social Security and Medicare for today’s seniors citizens, and to preserve it for members of my generation who will one day need it just as badly. Bob Turner is a life-long businessman who understands real-world economics and what must be done to grow this economy over the long run and will bring common sense back to Congress.”

“I have pledged as a congressman to protect Social Security and Medicare for New York seniors, but I will also work to ensure the long-term health of these programs so that New Yorkers of Councilmember Ulrich’s generation have a safety net, too, when they get older,” Turner said. “The irresponsible policies of career politicians like David Weprin have threatened the viability of the nation’s entire social safety net, and it will take more people like me – people with actual business know-how – in Washington to get these programs back to long-term solvency.”

Turner has been endorsed by former Mayor Ed Koch, a Democrat, specifically for his commitment to save Social Security and Medicare as well as another former mayor, Rudy Giuliani. Turner Pledges To Block Mosque

The developers of the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” are reportedly seeking up to $5 million in federal taxpayer dollars to build the controversial project, and businessman and congressional candidate Bob Turner (R) today vowed to do everything in his power in Congress to stop it.

Turner, who is running against career politician and Ground Zero Mosque supporter David Weprin (DWFP), challenged Weprin to promise the same.

“Not one penny of taxpayer money should be spent building that Mosque,” Turner said. “It is bad enough that its developer insists on building on that site, but now he wants the taxpayers to pay for it. It is the height of outrageousness, and I will do everything I can in Congress to stop it.”

Turner, a long-term opponent of building a mosque so close to where the World Trade Center towers once stood, recently released a 30-second television spot called “Send a Message,” contrasting Weprin’s and President Barack Obama’s support of the so-called Ground Zero Mosque with Turner’s firm opposition to the construction, which Turner calls “a purposeful act of provocation.” Weprin still refuses to criticize a mosque being built in such close proximity to Ground Zero.

Turner and Weprin are in a neck and neck race to fill the congressional seat recently vacated by disgraced Congressman Anthony Weiner.

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