More To This Decision
There is more to “Split Decision: Turner, Goldfeder Win Tuesday’s Special Election” (Howard Schwach — September 16). Losing Democratic Party congressional candidate David Weprin should look in the mirror, man up and take some personal responsibility for his defeat rather than blaming President Obama.
Why was Weprin only able to garner only 29,688 votes despite having 195,984 registered Democrats? Winner Bob Turner obtained 33,785 votes with only 62,423 registered Republicans. Weprin’s mediocre record as NYC Council Finance Committee Chairperson and State Assembly member also contributed to his dismal failure.
Weprin’ strategy of attempting to paint Turner as a right wing extremist supporter of the Tea Party who would destroy both Social Security and Medicare didn’t catch on with voters.
Weprin spent over $1,400,000 including a last minute investment of $600,000 by the national Democratic Congressional campaign committee, had over 1,000 dedicated clubhouse volunteers along with endorsements from former President Clinton, Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, Governor Cuomo, Council Speaker Quinn, Comptroller Lui, Public Advocate DiBlasio and over 30 other local Democratic public officials.
The race was Weprin’s to lose. Turner against all odds beat a steep uphill climb. He has become the first Republican Congressmember to be elected from the 9th CD since Andrew Peterson who served from 1921 - 1923. Turner’s victory will go down in the record books as one of the biggest upsets in New York City political history.
Weprin, when challenged that he didn’t even live in the 9th CD and couldn’t vote, responded that Turner “resides and votes from a distant part of the district living in a gated community.” The implication was that residents of Breezy Point are racist. Weprin owes the hard working residents of Breezy Point a public apology.
Weprin is now a five time loser, having lost contests for Council Speaker in 2001 and 2005, State Comptroller in 2006 and City Comptroller in 2009 and now Congress.
The only offices left for him to run for are State Senator, Queens Borough President, Public Advocate or another try for NYC Comptroller in 2013. Just which will his ego have him go for next?