2012-02-24 / Letters

Time Will Tell

Dear Editor,

Remember the old saying, if at first you don’t succeed, try again? You have to wonder why it was not Queens County State Assemblymember David Weprin rather than “Lancman To Seek Turner’s Congressional Seat” (Howard Schwach – February 10) to be the Democratic Party candidate for the 9th Congressional District (instead of fellow Albany State Assemblymember Rory Lancman.) Weprin spent $1.4 million last summer in a losing effort against Republican now-Congressmember Bob Turner. He might have been able to build on his name identification for another try. Weprin certainly could have raised over $1 million from his well developed list of Pay for Play campaign contributors. They have made numerous donations totaling several million dollars to his campaigns for various public offices since 2001.

Have Queens County Democratic Party boss Congressmember Joe Crowley, the Queens County Democratic Party Executive Committee and State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver all lost confidence in Weprin? Is this based on former NYC Council-member and current State Assemblymember Weprin’s long losing streak outside the comfortable confines of both the 24th State Assembly and 23rd New York City Council districts? This includes losses for NYC Council Speaker in 2001 and 2005, State Comptroller in 2006, City Comptroller in 2009 and 2011 9th Congressional District Special Elections.

It is noteworthy that neither Crowley nor Silver lifted a finger to help Weprin protect his district. He is the only member of the Queens County Democratic Party State Assembly delegation to complain about the new district lines they have inherited. Remember it is Silver’s staff appointees to the redistricting commission who could have intervened on Weprin’s behalf but elected not to.

Could 2012 be the twilight of David Weprin’s political career? Time will tell.


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