2011-09-02 / Top Stories

Turner Calls Weprin Unethical Over Funding

Career politician David Weprin - a New York State Assemblyman who doesn’t live in the 9th congressional district he is seeking to represent - is bizarrely claiming credit for Homeland Security dollars allocated to New York by the federal govern by announcing them in a political press release, the campaign of businessman Bob Turner (R) today said. A news release issued this week by Mr. Weprin’s political campaign, “Announces Homeland Security Grants for New York Area Institutions,” even though Weprin has never served in Congress nor did he have anything to do with this funding. (The Weprin news release is below.)

“This is a career politician at his most pathetic,” said Turner campaign spokesman William O’Reilly. “In an attempt to reap political points for homeland security dollars he had nothing to do with, David Weprin’s campaign makes an announcement that is supposed to come from the federal government. This was a blatantly unethical thing to do and Mr. Weprin knows it.”

The Turner campaign said Mr. Weprin needs to answer:

Why he issued this release;

What he had to do with securing the funding, and

Why his political campaign is making a government announcement.

O’Reilly pointed out that the Weprin campaign pulled the release from its campaign website - or never put it up.

“David Weprin is trying to politicize Homeland Security dollars and that’s wrong,” O’Reilly continued. “He needs to address why he did this.”

Mr. Turner and Weprin are in a neckin neck race to fill the congressional seat recently vacated by disgraced Congressman Anthony Weiner (NY-9). The Siena Research Poll released a survey last week showing Mr. Turner trailing by just six points, 42-48, in the heavily Democratic district.

Mr. Turner has been endorsed for Congress by both Republicans and Democrats, including former New York City Mayor Ed Koch (D) and former Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R). Mr. Turner’s business career has taken him around the globe. He has conducted business and formed programming partnerships in places ranging from Tbilisi to Delhi, Manila to Moscow.

Turner: Weprin Crossed The Line

Career politician David Weprin has again crossed the line in using today’s frightening East Coast earthquake as an opportunity to attack businessman Bob Turner (R). In a news release issued an hour after the quake, the Weprin campaign blaringly announced an “Earthshaking Development,” which turned out to be yet another mindless campaign attack on Mr. Turner - like the ones former New York City Mayor Ed Koch (D) has repeatedly asked Mr. Weprin to halt.

“Today’s earthquake frightened a lot of New Yorkers, including children and seniors citizens who remain deeply unsettled from the tremors,” said Turner campaign spokesman William O’Reilly. “Using a terrifying incident like an earthquake - an hour after it occurred - as a political punch line is highly inappropriate. We would ask that Mr. Weprin use better judgment in the remaining days of this campaign.”

Mr. Turner and Weprin are in a neckin neck race to fill the congressional seat recently vacated by disgraced Congressman Anthony Weiner (NY-9). The Siena Research Poll released a survey last week showing Mr. Turner trailing by just six points, 42-48, in the heavily Democratic district.

Weprin Has Back-Up Plan

Career politician David Weprin (DWFP) - who has held or run for four separate political offices in the past two years: City Council, City Comptroller, State Assembly, and, now, Congress - is building a re-election website for State Assembly, the campaign of businessman Bob Turner (R) has learned. The link to Mr. Weprin’s re-elect site is: http://www.davidweprin.org/

In addition, there are persistent rumors that Mr. Weprin is planning to run again for City Comptroller in 2013 - something the career politician has refused to rule out.

“Career politician Weprin thinks he’s going to lose this race or he doesn’t know what he wants to be,” said Turner campaign spokesman William O’Reilly. “Seeking four public offices in two years may be a New York record; running for three at once - Assembly, Congress, and City Comptroller - almost certainly is.

“Bob Turner is a businessman, not a career politician,” Mr. O’Reilly continued. “He is running for Congress to help get this economy moving again and to challenge the President’s ill-conceived foreign policy. This is the only office he has ever run for, and the only one in which he is interested in serving.”

David Weprin does not live in the Ninth Congressional District.

A Suspicious Practice

The campaign of businessman and congressional candidate Bob Turner (RNY 9) today called on career politician David Weprin (D-WFP) to explain why he accepted thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from board members and employees of organizations receiving tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars — at Weprin’s direction as a member of the New York City Council.

The suspicious practice was reported in the New York Sun in 2008, but Mr. Weprin never coherently explained himself, the Turner campaign charged.

“Let me be perfectly clear about what we are alleging: It looks to us like David Weprin was trading public dollars for campaign dollars while in the City Council,” said Turner spokesman William O’Reilly. “Mr. Weprin would arrange a government grant to an organization and receive in return political contributions from those associated with that organization. What’s worse, those dollars would then be matched 6- 1 with public matching funds. Mr. Weprin seems to have been treating taxpayer money as a political ATM card. He needs to explain himself.”

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