By Carole on Sep 14, 2011
Congratulations to Republican Bob Turner who broke the Democratic Party's 88 year hold on the House seat most recently held by disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-New York). With 70 percent of precincts reporting, Mr. Turner won 53 percent of the vote compared to Democrat David Weprin's 47 percent. That was enough for the Associated Press to declare Mr. Turner the winner.
As with most successful campaigns, Mr. Turner did not do this alone. Countless supporters, aides and prominent endorsers were instrumental in his victory. And in all honesty, it would have been much more difficult for him to win in a district with a large Jewish population and where Democrats outnumber Republicans by a 3-1 margin without the assistance of President Barack Obama. Had Mr. Obama's economic policies not failed so miserably, things could have turned out very differently. And if the administration's lack of support for Israel had not prompted former New York City Mayor Ed Koch (a Democrat and a Jew) to encourage voters to send Washington a message by electing Mr. Turner, they might not have done so. But they did.
Of course some thanks should also go to Assemblyman Weprin who throughout the campaign agreed with President Obama's positions on almost every issue and, just like the president, attempted to scare voters by claiming his opponent would do away with Social Security and Medicare. In fact, Mr. Turner's plan is to help reform those currently unsustainable entitlement programs so they will be available for future generations. The voters obviously saw through the fear mongering and lies from Mr. Weprin.
The NY-9 campaign focused on the same issues, highlighted the same differences and displayed the same approaches we will most likely see in contests across the nation in the year ahead. With economic issues at the top of everyone's concern list, Democrats will use scare tactics and fabrications in an attempt to trick voters into sticking with the failed policies of the current administration. Republicans will offer plans for reasonable entitlement, tax and regulatory reforms and call for more fiscal responsibility from government. Considering tonight's results, that's very bad news for President Obama and his fellow Democrats.
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