The Democratic candidate seeking to fill the congressional seat vacated by randy ex-Rep Anthony Weiner distanced himself from President Obama today — by refusing to say whether he backed the president’s re-election.Turner actually got 42% against Weiner in 2010 and could well fare better this time around.
“I’m running myself right now. On Sept. 14, I’ll be happy to address the president’s election,” State Assemblyman David Weprin said following a press conference at Queens Borough Hall, where he was endorsed by a bevy of female elected leaders.
The special election to replace Weiner — who resigned in disgrace following a sexting scandal — will be held on Sept. 13.
“Don’t read anything into it,” Weprin insisted of his refusal to give fellow Democrat Obama a thumbs up.
Bob Turner, who challenged Weiner last year, is the Republican candidate.
Weprin is the favorite to win the race in the heavily Democratic Queens-Brooklyn district. But Obama’s popularity has plummeted and some moderate and conservative Jews — who make up a considerable portion of the electorate — are concerned Obama’s push to get Israel to use its 1967 borders as a starting point for negotiations over a Palestinian State.
Especially if he points out what a mess the Obama economy is, not to mention the fact people are watching the stock market going into the tank while Obama parties it up. In fact, Turner could well pull off an upset if he runs against Obama instead of this mealy-mouthed Weprin.