NY-9: What Did We Learn?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The results are in. Republican Bob Turner beats Democrat David Weprin in the NY-9 seat. Digest the outcome with Liz Benjamin, host of Capital Tonight and blogger at the State of Politics blog.


Liz Benjamin

Comments [23]

April from Manhattan

My ex-husband was in Jimmy Carter's white house and ran Carter's campaign in New York in 1980. The special service warned us to leave our tiny apartment on the upper west side, by the back door because some in the Jewish community were so angry, they feared for his life. But there was no back door in our walkup. Outside campaign headquarters, the ADL, which if mentioned in any but a positive light ensures it will be deleted, was literally screaming "Joel McCleary come out!." As were many Hassids. When Brian -can't recall if he interviewed Carter about his then new book or just talked about him, his voice betrayed loathing for Carter. Why? Because Andy Young, African American ex mayor of Atlanta, suggested Israel negotiate with the PLO. Now a given. Yasser Arafat was a huge disappointment and all is not Israel's fault by a long shot. Israel MUST exist because anti semitism is real; I've seen it all over the world. But to save Israel, I believe, we should vote FOR a Palestinian state or cut aid. To do either would be political suicide, but israel is quickly delegitimizing itself, and taking US with it. Settlers are to Israel as Israel is to us, a CIA in Israel guy told me. The settlements must not freeze but stop. Today's NY Times put an Op Ed by Carter online but not in the paper. Less timely and important than saving the wilderness? Could it have to do with his all too prescient book Peace Not Apartheid. And Secretary Gates said on his way out the door, when people tend to say what they think, that our support for israel no matter what is a security risk for U.S. I was not happy to see on TV last night a dual American/Israeli flag burning in Cairo. Check out reader recommended comments, not those curated by The Times, on stories like their first on the race for Weiner's seat. Or on U.S. Spies on Israeli Embassy, not sure about that headline. You'll see there are more who think like me than you think. I am not and have never been anti semitic or self loathing Jew. It will be informative to see if this is deleted.

Sep. 14 2011 10:48 AM
amalgam from NYC by day, NJ by night

Hey _Calls'em as I sees'em from NY's 9th CD_

You're the same provocateur that has been perpetuating your right wing views (your right), supposedly from DC or Virginia or something, prior to claiming your from NY's 9th. Classic.

You should probably change up your handle so it's not easily identifiable.

Sep. 14 2011 10:47 AM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

RBC from NYC:

Yes, both sides are mind-police, just like in Fascist and Communist regimes.

But conservatives don't pretend to be open-minded; that is the sole province of liberals. It is the hypocrisy that galls me, even though I agree with liberals more often.

And I never called liberals idiots. In fact, some of my best friends are liberals....

Sep. 14 2011 10:38 AM
Cathy Gallagher

Brian - there IS an HPV vaccine for males. It's a great debate: will one vaccinate a son so he won't give HPV to hisfemale partner.

Sep. 14 2011 10:36 AM
Calls'em as I sees'em from NY's 9th CD

Brian, the people of this district from all races, religions, income brackets, and even union members, etc. were sick of and disappointed in Weiner and are sick and tired of 0bama's failed policies. They also simply liked and trusted the quiet and thoughtful Bob Turner better than another politics as usual candidate who didn't even live in the district. But, make no mistake - this is a "shot" heard round the world and leaders in places from China to Iran will see it as the first death knell of the 0bama regime; because if his party can't carry NYC even with robo calls from President Clinton, it is doomed in at least 47 - 48 states. This is a bigger victory than Scott Brown in Mass. It is also a good thing to have more regular citizens in Congress and fewer slick lawyers and life long pols who are corrupted by the system over time. The latter a reason for term limits and fresh faces, too.

Sep. 14 2011 10:29 AM
RBC from NYC

@MichaelB - Conservatives do the same thing! If one doesn't agree with the Conservative platform, then you're considered "unpatriotic" or "un-american" by the Right. Also calling Liberals "idiots" doesn't help either.

Sep. 14 2011 10:22 AM
Fuva from Harlemworld

Ooooooh, Heller.....!

Sep. 14 2011 10:21 AM
Jonn K

I had no idea this election was even happening until the "upset" was reported last night.

Sep. 14 2011 10:19 AM
Arthur Aptowitz from Forest Hills

This election had more unrelated issues (e.g., Obama vs. Israel), more political party foolishness (a non-resident candidate; dozens of phone calls which angered many voters more than inspired them), and more ridiculous hype than it deserved. There is so much anger in the nation, which I saw at the polls and which I myself displayed there by getting into an argument with my local Councilwoman about the Weprin candidacy. The terrible truth may well be that what swung this district is a sense that the President still wants to be a referee rather than a leader and his Party is leaderless and without cohesion.

Sep. 14 2011 10:18 AM
Heller from nyc

Koch makes me sick.

he's a closeted self hating homosexual that likes to create problems to keep his prune like face on TV. True drag Queen

Sep. 14 2011 10:17 AM
Jonn K

I had no idea this election was even happening, until the upset was reported last night.

Sep. 14 2011 10:17 AM
Brian from Forest Hills

Son of Saul Weprin?

I met Saul Weprin, I knew Saul Weprin....

David is no Saul Weprin

Sep. 14 2011 10:16 AM
Jack from Queens

Congratulations, Mr. Turner. And congratulations on your recommended course of zero government growth and cutting spending.

The very first thing we should, as a nation do, is ELIMINATE the wasteful 3.5 billion dollars we hand to the state of Israel every year. This huge slice of pork is one of the things bankrupting the USA. While Israel, thanks to the American taxpayer's largess, enjoys universal free health care, the USA does not.

Let's eliminate this boondoggle. US out of Israel, now and forever. Of course, that policy will not be popular with that holy duo, evangelical Christians and orthodox Jews.

Sep. 14 2011 10:15 AM
Theo from Williamsburg

I've been voting in brooklyn since 94', all of my friends vote and we're all hard core Dems. I had no idea there was an election until I saw the poll station signs yesterday.

Sep. 14 2011 10:13 AM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

Alex from Brooklyn makes an insightful point. And to generalize it more broadly, Democrats, particularly NY Dems (and NY liberals in general) tend instantly to portray anyone who doesn't accept their positions on bleeding edge issues as haters, and similarly demonizing pejoratives. (This is the origin of political correctness.)

It's so often their way or the highway. It's quite an Ironic outlook to take for so-called "open-minded" folks....

Sep. 14 2011 10:12 AM
Fuva from Harlemworld

What we're learning, over and over again, is that the electorate is in a confused, sorry state. (And I'm no Democrat.) Will it deserve what it gets?

Sep. 14 2011 10:12 AM
Sheldon from crown heights

It shows that just putting a plastic puppet by Party bosses doesn't guarantee victory and that is a good thing. Weprin was a sterile candidate at best

Sep. 14 2011 10:12 AM
Brian from Forest Hills


Don't you think Crowley, Ackerman and Meeks are celebrating that they will not have a primary challenge from another incumbent???

Sep. 14 2011 10:11 AM
Boris from brighton beach

Russian radio AM 620 had a 24 hour propaganda campaign for TURNER.

All commentators where on air telling democrats republican and independents to vote for TURNER.

I love US and A public airways being used to sell KGB style propaganda

Sep. 14 2011 10:11 AM
Alex from Brooklyn NY

it's all about the NY Democratic party expelling the Orthodox Jewish community from the party. The rhetoric used in the lead up to the "gay marriage", alienated the average Orthodox Jews from the party. Most Orthodox Jews do NOT care much about gay-marriage, but don’t like to be made feel like bigots or haters because of their religion. Leader of the NY Democratic party were not sensitive enough going about it. So Tuesday was payback day.

Sep. 14 2011 09:49 AM

low turn out helps the gop!

Sep. 14 2011 09:34 AM

Obama should declare Anthony Weiner an enemy combatant and have him sent to GITMO for 10 years. He should then announce that he's not seeking re-election in order to give Dems a fighting chance to hold the White House. He's proven himself to be a bumbling, clueless joke who has no idea what he's doing.

Sep. 14 2011 07:00 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan


LOL.............just kidding.
Admit that Obama is failing on multiple fronts and stop the damage.

Sep. 14 2011 05:22 AM

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