2012-06-15 / Columnists

Commentary On Things Present

Turner 4 Senate
By Peter Stubben

The emperor penguin, the world’s largest at three feet, schlumps out of the sea and wabbles worse than a duck. Any off-shore winds, it seems from their unsteady gait, should easily topple ‘em. Who knew? Who knew that these creatures wabble for forty-plus miles through some of the most inhospitable territory on earth into semi-secluded valleys where they breed and incubate their offspring (the egg) amidst the coldest and windiest winters on earth!!! And come spring, they then march back to the sea.

It’s so amazing and startling that today this breed of emperor penguin is no longer considered just a great aptenodyte, they’re rock stars!!!

Three years ago Bob Turner schlumped out of his family-life and his business life and wabbled into politics. Having learned no one was running in Rockaway’s 9th Congressional District to challenge the destructive politics of leftist liberalism, Peggy suggested to Bob, ‘Why don’t U run?’ Who knew? Who knew that when his wife coaxed him to run, Turner would get a very respectable 40 percent of the vote; and that Anthony Weiner – the incumbent Congressman – would actually be knocking on doors in the Rockaways during the campaign for the first time in 12 years.

Who knew? Who knew that after Rockaway’s congressman disgraced himself into abdication, Bob Turner – facing odds stacked 3 to 1 against him – shocked the Democratic machines of both Brooklyn and Queens to win the support of the people. He did so not by fist-thumping nor splendiferous oratory, and not by extraordinary promises, but with a common-sense campaign to stop the federal bloat.

The people heard and elected Turner with an astounding 5-point victorious margin.

The State Legislature heard too! Six months later, in the dead of a gloomy March night, Albany showed who was boss and eliminated Rockaway’s new voice in the United States Congress. ‘No Pete, that’s impossible ... that’s not democracy ... no, they couldn’t have done that.’ Unfortunately they could and they did. The 9th Congressional District – Rockaway’s Congressional District – was simply eliminated by Albany at midnight on Mar 15. Dead, gone, kerplunk. The tragic, taxpayer exodus out of NY State since the 1960s – recently confirmed by the latest US Census – charged the State Legislature with eliminating two of NY’s Congressional seats.

This mass NY exodus for better pay and for a better life, though, has been from upstate NY ... NOT FROM NY CITY.

Since the ‘60s New York City gained 2 million residents (in some small part by the common-sense governance of Ed Koch, Rudy Giuliani and Mike Bloomberg), while the rest of the Empire State lost some 5.4 million (in some small part due to Albany’s dysfunctional governance).

No matter these details, there was hell to pay and scores to settle, so Albany eliminated Rockaway’s CD 9 in the dead of the night.

Who knew?

Who knew that Rockaway and all who live along the southern flanks of Brooklyn and Queens would engender such political attention in Albany!

Who knew?

Who knew that while eviscerated but unbowed by the Albany elite, Rockaway’s

Bob Turner is now planning to bring his common-sense, bloat-busting message to the halls of the United States Senate.

He seeks to speak not just for CD#9 (the now departed CD 9), but for all 19 and a half million New Yorkers. His opponent will be Governor Paterson’s ‘appointed in-the-back-room’ Kirsten Gillibrand.

Senator Gillibrand is the un-Cuomo ... the most liberal senator in the entire United States Senate and a stirring voice for dysfunction and bloat.

Turner seeks to override this voice – this dysfunction – not through a backroom deal in the middle of the night, but through a spirited and open and transparent and public election this Noveber.

Two Tuesdays from Today is the NY State Republican Primary ... June 26. Turnout is essential. If you are a registered Republican and live here in the Rockaways, I hope you choose Bob Turner 6/26.

If you live anywhere in Kings or Queens Counties and you’re a registered Republican, I hope you choose Bob Turner 6/26.

If by any chance you’re a registered Republican and live in the bureaucratically bloated and hyper-taxed Nassau or Suffolk Counties, I hope you choose Bob Turner. Or, if you live up-river or across the Southern Tier in one of NY’s 58 other counties and you’re a registered Republican, please choose Bob Turner 6/26.

End the back-rooms and the bloat ... remember the emperor penguin that could and does ... send Turner to the fall campaign.

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