New York Special Election Sends President Obama a Message

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Last night, Republican Bob Turner defeated Democrat David Weprin in the District 9 special election in New York in a race to determine who would replace Twitter-Sexter former Representative Anthony Weiner. Not only did Bob Turner emerge victorious, but he won by a margin of 50% to 47%. That's a decent margin of victory, but the bigger news is that this is a seat that has been occupied by Democrats for almost 90 years.

John Gizzi writes:

Speaking to HUMAN EVENTS a few hours before the voting booths closed in New York’s 9th District, Turner predicted the national tremors that would be generated if he emerged triumphant. As he told us, “If [Weprin] loses tonight, it will reflect poorly on the national Democratic Administration.”


That someone so conservative could win in a district with the makeup and history of New York-9 meant that national factors had to play a big part in the special election. It was telling that during the close of the campaign, Weprin emphasized his expertise as a public servant rather than specific issues and his support from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo rather than that of President Obama. (While Obama was making appearances in Iowa, Ohio, and Virginia over the past few weeks, he never made a stop near Brooklyn or Queens.)

“The election is a protest vote against Obama,” concluded David Pietrusza, historian and author who knows all things New York. “The Turner win is as significant as [Republican] Scott Brown​’s was for Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat in Massachusetts last year and [Democrat] Harris Wofford​’s win in the Pennsylvania special election for the Senate in 1991.”

The Obama administration has remained tone deaf, even after the 2010 mid-term elections, which were a referendum on President Obama. The President, along with his supporters, did not want to come to grips with the fact that the American people were truly dissatisfied with his policies. I wonder if they've gotten it yet. Losing a seat that has been held by his Party since 1923 is a powerful and loud statement, but is he listening? And while Weiner's actions certainly didn't hurt Turner's chances any, that district surely didn't elect a conservative, after all these years, because Weiner was taking and sending pictures of his private parts. This is more about President Obama than anything else, particularly his lack of support for our friend, Israel. Former New York Mayor Ed Koch (D) endorsed Turner over Weprin because of this, and the 9th District, with its large Jewish population, voted accordingly. They demonstrated their own displeasure in the most powerful place they could--the voting booth.
As to what was the key element in his catching up with and eventually leading Weprin in the polls, Turner himself told us that it was his early endorsement by former New York Mayor and lifelong Democrat Ed Koch. In making clear his disagreement with Turner on social issues and many spending issues, Koch specifically said his election would send a message of protest to the Obama Administration over its support for a Palestinian State and Israel returning to its pre-1967 borders.

“Mayor Koch​’s endorsement was certainly a major selling point for us,” said Turner, noting that many prominent leaders in the Jewish community (which comprises about 20% of the 9th District) weighed in for him after Koch did. Democratic Assemblyman Dov Hikind of Brooklyn, an Orthodox Jew, announced he would support the Republican candidate over the issue of Israel. In the twilight days of the campaign, a Turner mailing featured an elderly Holocaust survivor and lifelong Democrat who announced a first-time vote for a Republican, Bob Turner.

When HUMAN EVENTS asked Turner the issues that fueled his eventually triumphant campaign, he said: “Jobs, the economy, and Israel.”

I wish it were not so, but Obama has been a disaster as a President. His poll numbers have plummeted, the Black community is getting fed up with unthinkable unemployment, and Republicans are gaining ground in Congress. He's in over his head, but what did we expect from someone who had no experience worthy of the presidency, wasn't properly vetted, and was protected by the mainstream media? One can only be protected for so long. Eventually, one has to stand on his own and take responsibility for decisions he has or has not made.

In 2008, candidate Obama did not have a record to run on. Now he does, and it's not looking good. It didn't look good in November 2010, it didn't look good in New York in September 2011, and my prediction is it won't look good in November 2012 either.

Gizzi continues:
Should Republicans emerge in 2012 with control of Congress and the White House, a strong argument will surely be made that it all started with Bob Turner’s triumph in New York Tuesday night.

New York wasn't the only place requiring a special election due to sex or sexting scandals. Republican Mark Amodei defeated Democrat Kate Marshall in Nevada in a race to decide who would take over for Dean Heller, who was appointed when John Ensign resigned over a sex scandal.
Former Republican state senator Mark Amodei has won Nevada's special election to fill a seat in the U.S. House.

Amodei easily bested Democrat Kate Marshall Tuesday in the rural Nevada district that has never elected a Democrat.

Amodei is a former state GOP chairman. He promised to fight for a balanced budget amendment in Congress and signed an anti-tax pledge.


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