Wednesday, September 14, 2011

New York - 9 Special Election

Congratulations "Grand Old Party," for the first time since 1920, you've managed to win a congressional seat in New York District 9. Go ahead take your victory lap, make calculations about 2012 and continue to do nothing, to move this country forward. "Grand Old Party" you don't owe this win to frustrations with President Obama, David Wepin's support of same-sex marriage passage in New York State, or even to Bob Turner being a good strong candidate. You owe this win to Anthony Weiner's lapse in judgement. For as long as you hold this seat, you are indebted to the untidiness of the New York Democratic Party.

New York District 9 includes Queens neighborhoods of Maspeth, Fresh Meadows, Glendale, Howard Beach, Kew Gardens, Kew Gardens Hills, Middle Village, Forest Hills, Ozone Park, Ridgewood, Rego Park, Rockaway Beach, and Woodhaven. Also, the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Flatlands,Gerritsen Beach, Marine Park, Midwood, Mill Basin and Sheepshead Bay.

From The New York Times:

The Republican, Bob Turner, a retired cable television executive, defeated Assemblyman David I. Weprin, the scion of a prominent Democratic family in Queens, in a nationally watched special election.

With 84 percent of the precincts counted early Wednesday, Mr. Turner was leading Mr. Weprin by 54 percent to 46 percent, according to The Associated Press.

National Republican leaders immediately trumpeted the victory as a sign of trouble for Mr. Obama’s re-election effort. “An unpopular President Obama is now a liability for Democrats nationwide,” Representative Pete Sessions of Texas, the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, said in a statement.

Would it have mattered if David Weprin (D) had won, since the GOP control the House?

Should this GOP win be viewed as a referendum on President Obama?

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