Candidate Selected to Run for Weiner's Seat Says He's Not a 'Placeholder'

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Democratic Assemblyman David Weprin said he wasn't chosen to be a placeholder when he was selected by Democrats to run for the seat left vacant by disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner, a position that may face elimination under redistricting.

"I don't look at it that way," Weprin said on Sunday, "and [Queens Democratic party boss] Joe Crowley, when he discussed it with me, told me specifically he did not want a placeholder. He wanted someone with the background to be the best person for the job."

Queens Democratic Leader Rep. Joe Crowley said he is confident that his party's nominee for the 9th Congressional seat will win the election in which he faces Republican candidate Bob Turner. 

Weprin said he isn't concerned about the potential effect of redistricting on the district seat he was just nominated for. 

"I'm only taking things one step at a time whether I'm going to be there for a year or 20 years," he said. "I'm going to do just as effective a job." 

Crowley and Weprin were among the many Queens politicians who were at the Bombay Palace restaurant Sunday at a forum to discuss global nonviolence.