Koch backs Turner against Dem in NY-9 congressional race

Monday, July 25, 2011 - 04:46 PM

By Alec Hamilton

Alec Hamilton

As expected, former New York City Mayor Ed Koch announced this morning that he is crossing party lines to throw his support behind Republican hopeful Bob Turner in September’s special election for the 9th Congressional District.

Koch explained he was supporting the Republican in order to “send a message to Washington that will affect the position of President Obama on Israel and the position of the Republican Party on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid."

Koch said it wasn’t personal and pointed out that he had supported Weprin on other occasions.

“There’s no question that David Weprin is a major supporter of the state of Israel and undoubtedly takes the same position I take with respect to entitlement, Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. But if David Weprin is elected, do you think that sends a message? Do you think Obama’s going to say ‘Oh my god, they’ve repudiated me! They sent David Weprin!’ No.”

The endorsement was made at the Turner for Congress headquarters in Queens, with Councilmember Erich Ulrich--himself once considered a contender for the Republican nomination--and 23rd Assembly District Republican hopeful Jane Deacy in attendance.

The race will pit Turner against Democratic Party pick Assemblyman David Weprin in an election to fill the seat vacated by the resignation of former Congressman Anthony Weiner
Republican Margaret Wagner, from Broad Channel, Queens, and independent Kevin Hiltunen from Bergen Beach, Brooklyn, came out to show their support for Turner.  Warner said she was motivated to support Turner out of concern about the Health Care Reform Act and the closure of a local Rockaway Hospital.

“My plan and my husband’s plan for insurance, they just gave us one less choice. So we’re starting to feel the effects of Obamacare already, and that concerns me greatly for my kids and my grandkids.”

Turner, a former businessman, said he would defend Medicare and Medicaid from privatization efforts.

“I will stand up for what I believe regardless of what party leaders tell me, and today that means defending Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid against privatization and ill-conceived cuts."


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Comments [4]


kock who?

Jul. 26 2011 02:37 PM

Spoken like a true teabagger, straight from the script.
When has cutting government spending EVER led to increasing economic activity or gains in employment, especially during a period of stagnant or retreating economic growth?
Answer: Never!

Jul. 26 2011 02:39 AM
Leonard Levinson

We all know what a dou%*xbag Koch has become since his tenure as NYC mayor, especially during the recent "Bush Dynasty." 
But now he seems intent upon cementing his legacy, alongside Senator Lieberman's, as the former Democrat who have done more to disgrace, disfigure, and destroy his own image and achievements, than any enemy of theirs, past or present.

Jul. 26 2011 12:25 AM

The real difference is that Bob Turner is pro-growth capitalist in favor of cutting taxes and cutting spending to stimulate the economy and put people back to work, while Weprin is a political hack that doesn't even live in the district and is a symbol of the failed policies of the liberal wing of the Democrat Party. Remember the only reason that NYC is doing well is because we have a capitalist Republican Mayor. Bob Turner is going to win this seat!

Jul. 26 2011 12:00 AM

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