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NY Rep. Bob Turner Lone Republican to Vote Against 'Audit the Fed'

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

By an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 327 – 98, the House of Representatives approved Ron Paul’s “Audit the Fed” bill Wednesday afternoon.

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Long, Turner and Maragos: The Race to Replace Gillibrand

Friday, June 15, 2012

Republicans haven’t held a U.S. Senate seat in New York since 1999, when Alfonse D’Amato lost to Charles Schumer. But instead of rallying around one candidate, this year there is a three-way race for an unseasonably early primary on June 26.

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Storobin Named Winner of Special Election to Fill Kruger’s Seat

Thursday, May 31, 2012

It appears that the race to replace disgraced former state senator Car Kruger in the 27th District is over ― and the winner of the special election is Republican David Storobin.

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Giuliani Endorses Turner in Senate Race

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani is endorsing Rep. Bob Turner, the surprise victor in the special election to replace disgraced Rep. Anthony Weiner, in his candidacy for the Senate.

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Long Issues Debate Challenge; Turner Accepts

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long is challenging her two Republican primary opponents to a series of three debates before their June 26 primary.

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Republican Senate Hopefuls Lag Behind Gillibrand in Fundraising

Friday, April 20, 2012

Republican candidates hoping to unseat New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand are having a hard time matching the junior senator’s fundraising abilities.

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SI Borough Prez Will Endorse Long for Senate

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro will endorse Republican Wendy Long in her bid for U.S. Senate this year, Long's campaign announced Tuesday morning.

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Republican Voters Uncertain as Gillibrand Dominates in a New Poll

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is in solid shape for her re-election campaign, which reported $9.1 million on hand. At the same time polls show that New York's junior senator currently leads in match-ups against her possible GOP challengers.

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Three GOP candidates to appear on primary ballot for US Senate

Friday, March 16, 2012

Three Republican candidates vying for the chance to take on Democratic United State's Senator Kirsten Gillibrand have secured spots on the GOP primary ballot in June.

Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos, Manhattan attorney Wendy Long, and freshman New York City Congressman Bob Turner all secured at least 25 percent of the vote at the party's convention today in Rochester.

Here's the official breakdown:

Wendy Long -- 47.4 percent
George Maragos -- 27.4 percent
Bob Turner -- 25.3 percent

Candidate statements:

Bob Turner

This was an amazing victory for a campaign that began just 72-hours ago.   I am enormously grateful for all the support I received at the convention and I am energized to deliver my message of job growth and fiscal responsibility in every corner of this state.  Senator Kirsten Gillibrand does not deserve re-election. She defrauded the voters of this state with promises that she would act as a moderate.  Instead she has governed from the far left, and is now ranked the most liberal senator in America. That is a firing offense.

This campaign has just begun.  My team and I will be working non-stop from now until Election Day to address the critical jobs and economic issues of our times.

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Carvin out of US Senate race as Rep. Turner gets the gang back together

Friday, March 16, 2012

Congressman Bob Turner (Courtesy of the Congressman)

The New York State GOP convention is taking place in Rochester today. But before he could even get there, Rye town supervisor and prospective US Senate candidate Joe Carvin ended his campaign this morning.

"My number one goal in entering the race was to ensure that the Republican Party had a nominee capable of defeating Ms. Gillibrand in November," Carvin said in a statement announcing the end of his campaign. "But in the last several days - after Ms. Gillibrand was ranked the most left-wing senator in America by National Journal and after she voted for higher gas prices by opposing the Keystone XL Pipeline - I believe any of the candidates in this race can beat her."

The news is a boon for freshman congressman Bob Turner of (mostly) Queens. Not only did he lose a competitor, but he got back the team who had helped him win his surprise congressional victory last September. Communications wizard Bill O'Reilly and his former campaign manager E. O'Brien Murray. Both had previously been doing work with the Carvin campaign.

Turner has been on an endorsement roll since announcing earlier this week. This morning it was announced the Queens GOP switched its backing from Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos to Turner.

"Bob has taken on the status quo and fought hard to reverse Washington's reckless spending," Queens County chair Phil Ragusa said in a statement. "We worked hard to help elect him to congress and we look forward to doing the same in his race for U.S. Senate."

The primary for congress is scheduled for June 26.

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Freshman Congressman Bob Turner announces bid for US Senate

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Congressman Bob Turner (Courtesy of the Turner campaign)

This first hints of this were reported by Politico's Maggie Haberman and the confirmation by Celeste Katz of the Daily News, and it's now official: Queens-based Republican Congressman Bob Turner is tossing his hat into the ring to challenge US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in November.

The full statement is below. Turner now joins three other candidates: Rye Town Supervisor Joe Carvin, Manhattan attorney Wendy Long, and Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos.

I will travel to the Republican State Convention in Rochester later this week and humbly ask for the Republican nomination for the United States Senate. I will respectfully ask for the Conservative nomination a few days later at that Party's convention. I have made my intentions known to the other Republican candidates in this race.

I ran for the House six months ago as a private citizen fed up with what is happening in Washington.  I could not sit and watch career politicians sink my nation deeper into economic crisis.  Brooklyn and Queens voters, of all political parties, graciously responded by sending me to Congress. It now appears that their district has been eliminated.

There is serious work to be done to get this economy back on track, and I will not walk away from that work now. I will run for the Senate, and I will run to win.

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Senate Republicans want to draw Brooklyn Orthodox community in Turner's NY-09

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Congressman Bob Turner (Courtesy of the Congressman)

According to a Senate source, the GOP congressional maps that will be released today will show why they want to preserve the NY-09 seat of Bob Turner. According to the source, under their plan the seat would move further into Brooklyn, consolidating the Orthodox Jewish community inside Turner’s district.

Earlier reports on the proposed maps say that while both Assembly Democrats and Senate Republicans have agreed to carving up upstate seat of Democratic Representative Maurice Hinchey, who will retire at the end of this term, there is particular disagreement over the Turner seat.

According to reports, Assembly Democrats want to cut up the mostly-Queens 9th district, which Republican won in a special election last September—something that had been anticipated even before Turner’s win.

But with the redrawing of Turner’s seat to include a larger portion of the Orthodox Jewish community in southern Brooklyn, Republicans are pushing for a seat they’re drawing to win.

This is the latest in a series of Republican moves to consolidate the Orthodox community they see as a potentially natural constituency. On the state legislative side, a new senate district is being proposed that would itself consolidate the Orthodox community in southern Brooklyn. A special election being held next month to fill the seat vacated by disgraced former senator Carl Kruger is setting the stage for a battle in the proposed seat that Senate Republicans they believe they can win, even if Democrat Lewis Fidler beats Republican David Storobin on March 20.

A call to the Assembly speaker’s office hasn’t been returned to confirm the difference between the lines in question.

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Assemblyman Lancman keeps at Congressman Turner, this time over guns

Friday, January 06, 2012

Assemblyman Rory Lancman wanted a shot at the 9th Congressional District during the special election back in September. Since the man Queens party boss Congressman Joe Crowley picked for the seat, Assemblyman David Weprin, lost to Republican Bob Turner, Assemblyman Lancman has kept up a steady stream of criticism of the new congressman, potentially portending a run against him next year.

Today's critique is over Congressman Turner's position on gun control (something the city takes very seriously).Or, I suppose, lack there of: Turner, according to theQueens Chronicle, won't take a position on a bill to strengthen gun background checks.

“Congressman Bob Turner’s troubling position on guns leaves Queens families and New York’s finest vulnerable,” Lancman said in a statement. “It’s extremely unsettling that someone who represents me and my community would put our safety at risk to satisfy the gun lobby.”

Lancman went on to tout his own record on gun control as an Assemblyman, which earned him an "A" from New Yorkers Against Gun Violence and an "F" from the National Rifle Association.

While Lancman almost certainly has strong philosophical differences with Turner, and vice versa, whether or not he'll be able to turn those into campaign fodder will depend entirely on how the Congressional lines are drawn in redistricting.

Hoping to get a response from Turner's folks on this. I'll post when it comes in.

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NYC pols back Mayor Bloomberg on Occupy Wall Street

Thursday, November 17, 2011

By WNYC's Alec Hamilton

The Brooklyn Republican Congressmen have issued statements in support of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's crackdown on the OWS protesters. In a statement issued today, Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm told the protesters to "pack up their tents, buy a bar of soap, and head home."

These people have overstayed their welcome and it's time they get the heck
out of New York City. Between the filth, the smell, the incessant noise,
and threat to public safety, they have done nothing but cause a nuisance to
the people who work and live in Lower Manhattan. They've cost the city and
surrounding businesses millions of dollars, and it's time these people find
a more productive use of their time. New Yorkers have had ENOUGH!

The people I represent are the hard-working '99%' who simply want to go to
work, do their jobs, and get home to their families without being hassled
along the way.  They already face one of the longest commutes in the nation
without having to deal with this mob.  It is reprehensible for these
lowlifes to overrun the Staten Island Ferry or the subways to Brooklyn and
add further hours to the trip home.

I applaud the efforts of Mayor Bloomberg, and the NYPD under Commissioner
Kelly's leadership, in cleaning up Zuccotti Park and managing a potentially
violent and destructive situation. They have done a tremendous job!
However, it has been two months and now it's time for the OWS protesters to
pack up their tents, buy a bar of soap, and head home.

Grimm is not the only one who has Bloomberg's back. Congressional District Nine's own Republican Bob Turner released a statement supporting the police action as well. Rep. Peter King referred to the OWS protesters as "a bunch of low-life dirtbags" on the Imus in the Morning Show. "Here are people living in dirt and disease," he characterized them.  "You can have a legitimate cause, but you don't have to be living in dirt, drugs, sex, the whole bit."

 

It's not only Republicans backing the mayor. Queens City Council Democrat Peter Vallone, Jr. told NY1, "The police have every right to use the force that they deem necessary to arrest if people aren't cooperating."

And, of course, Governor Andrew Cuomo gave his approval. Cuomo said he supported the mayor's actions, but qualified it somewhat by continuing to say that he supports all the different strategies taken by different mayors across New York in dealing with OWS.

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GOP presser against city's mandatory sex-ed policy held without council Republicans

Monday, October 24, 2011

This version has been updated from the original version.

Call it a victim of internal politics. A noon press conference today in Brooklyn, hosted in Republican State Senator Mary Golden's district, included a number of prominent New York City Republicans who are against mandatory sex-ed in city classrooms.

In fact, many of the city's elected Republican officials were scheduled to be there, including the city's newest Republican congressman, Bob Turner.

Fascinatingly, no City Council Republicans showed up. Some said they weren't invited. Others, like Councilman James Oddo, said they were, but were unable to make the event. Everyone contacted were against the city's policy.

From the guest list, it looked like sort of a Brooklyn Republican Party party--even Brooklyn GOP chair Craig Eaton was originally listed as being on hand. Then again, so was former Bronx Democratic Assemblyman Michael Benjamin, who was quoted in the press release that went out after the press conference.

Yet none of the three current Republicans on the City Council, nor other Republican electeds like Staten Island State Senator Andrew Lanza or Assemblyman Lou Tobacco, were on hand. Calls into many of the elected officials offices have not been returned, but at least some of those not in attendance had not been reached out to.

"If they'd invited me, I would have liked to have been there," said would Republican elected official.

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In Shadow of the UN Debate, Perry's NYC Message Focuses on Israel

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Texas Governor Rick Perry took time out of his first major fundraising swing in New York City to blame the Obama administration’s “policy of appeasement” for encouraging Palestinians to seek statehood recognition in a United Nations vote this week.

“We would not be here today at the precipice of such a dangerous move if the Obama policy in the Middle East wasn’t naïve, arrogant, misguided and dangerous,” Perry said, standing in front of assembled local Jewish leaders and American and Israeli flags.

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Davidzon: Meet the Man Who Got Bob Turner Elected

Monday, September 19, 2011

Congressman Bob Turner (Courtesy of the Congressman)

Less than 5,000 votes separated Democrat David Weprin from his opponent, now Republican Congressman Bob Turner in last week’s 9th Congressional District contest. It wasn’t really a surprise, as the last poll before the election showed Turner up over Weprin by six points.

Turner ended up beating Weprin by almost eight points, according to unofficial Board of Election results. OK, so Turner did better than expected, but it wasn’t just that he did better; it was where he did better.

In the last Siena poll before the election, Weprin was down five points to Turner in Queens and 12 in Brooklyn. On Election Day, Weprin actually won the overall Queens vote, beating Turner by five percentage points.

But in the southeastern chunk of Brooklyn that made up less than a third of the voters in the 9th Congressional District, Turner won by a whopping two-to-one margin. This might not be surprising to some, but the Turner campaign made a strategic campaign hire that helped ensure that this conservative-leaning, heavily Russian area would be behind their candidate.

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New Rep. Bob Turner Talks Capital Gains, Obama Plan

Monday, September 19, 2011

People weren’t prepared to lose their jobs. They weren’t prepared to go without income for as long as they have. Even for families higher up the economic ladder, people had too much debt and not enough savings, so this recession has hit everyone hard.

—Newly-elected congressman Bob Turner (NY-9) on The Brian Lehrer Show

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Opinion: After Suskind Book, NY-9 and Jobs, Obama's Week Has to Get Better

Sunday, September 18, 2011

This week is nothing less than a tsunami, the convergence of declining confidence in and support for Obama, which has been building like a pressure cooker for a year and a half.

            -Steffen Schmidt, It's A Free Country blogger.

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NY-9 wasn't a rebuke of Obama, the Jewish edition

Friday, September 16, 2011

As I wrote here Wednesday, the idea that Congressman Bob Turner's victory Tuesday was some sort of bellwether rebuke of President Obama is wrongheaded (I'm talking to you @KarlRove).

As Gallup showed today, one of the many threads of this--that Jewish voters were finally going to flee the Democratic Party for redder pastures--is just not true. As many people have pointed out the Jewish vote in the 9th Congressional District is more conservative than the general Jewish population. As the graph below notes, Jewish voters are, you know, not psyched about Obama--but who is?!

Anyway, the quicker we can put the notion that the Jewish vote is swinging wildly right--in New York or anywhere else--the better.

  (Couresy of Gallup.)

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