2011-09-30 / Letters

Mediocre Record

Dear Editor,

There is more to “The Democrats Shot Themselves In The Foot“ (September 23). Queens County Democratic Party leader and Congressmember Joseph Crowley along with Kings County Demoratic Party leader and State Assemblymember Vito Lopez clearly have buyers remorse when placing their bets on the wrong horse in previously selecting losing candidate David Weprin as the “anointed one.” Imagine if the Democratic Party Brooklyn/Queens 9th Congressional District candidate was former NYC Council Speaker Peter Vallone Sr., Queens Borough President Claire Schulman, NYC Councilmember Melinda Katz or Brooklyn Congressmember Elizabeth Holtzman? Bob Turner would have faced a stronger candidate who could have articulated a better case for voting Democratic than Weprin. Just like Weprin, any of the four would have played ball with the party bosses knowing they would just be serving one term before the 9th CD disappeared after reapportionment. None would have crossed their “benefactors” and run a primary in 2012 against Congressmembers Crowley or Ackerman.

Since announcing his candidacy, not a day went by without Weprin holding a press conference clutching the coat tails of other Democratic party elected officials in his quest for yet another public office.

Democrats outnumbered Republicans 195,984 to 62,423. Weprin had the endorsements from the New York Times, our own Wave along with the Queens Press, Queens Tribune, Queens Chronicle and Queens Examiner.

Weprin’s claim to fame was his “financial expertise” as former NYC Council Finance Committee Chairperson. Yet when asked what the national debt was, Weprin responded $4 trillion! Only someone living in a cave would not know that our national debt is $14 trillion dollars today and on track to grow another $2 trillion to $16 trillion in less than two years. Voters were clearly not impressed by his ten year mediocre record as NYC Council Finance Committee Chairperson and recently as a State Assembly member.

Voters decided that Weprin was not equipped to graduate from the minor leagues of City and State government and go on to the Big Leagues in Washington. Inheritance of a famous family name (his late father was former State Assembly Speaker Saul Weprin) and being a loyal member of the Queens County Democratic political clubhouse did not qualify him to represent citizens of the 9th CD.

Remember his previous losing efforts to become Council Speaker in 2001 and 2005, replacing former State Comptroller Alan Hevisi in 2006 and City Comptroller in 2009? The results once again illustrated how Weprin consistently fails to do well outside the comfortable confines of his local 24th State Assembly Democratic clubhouse home base.

The September 13 9th CD special election results were one of the biggest upsets in Queens/Brooklyn political history. It was the equivalent of Bob Turner as David beating the anointed one, David Weprin as Goliath.

LARRY PENNER

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