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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Weiner District doesn't relish Democrat

Jack Kemp

Roll Call reports that:

A new poll shows a closer-than-expected special election contest for the open seat in New York’s strongly Democratic 9th Congressional district. Five weeks before voters in the Queens- and Brooklyn-based district go to the polls, Democratic state Assemblyman David Weprin led Republican businessman Robert Turner 48 percent to 42 percent in a Siena College poll.

Combined with the repudiation of Democratic recall initiatives in Wisconsin, this symbolic New York special election on September 13th (the Congressional district could easily be gone by November 2012, due to the most recent national census costing New York two Congressional seats) is arguably a referendum on the Obama Administration as Democrat and former New York Mayor Koch has already urged voters to support the Republican, Robert Turner, as a way of showing one's disapproval of Obama's stance on/against Israel.

What this means is that this September special election could realistically be winnable for the Republican Party, something that would unsettle Democrats in New York and beyond. The last time that Ed Koch was highly critical of a sitting Democrat President was during the failed 1980 reelection bid of Jimmy Carter where Carter did not carry New York - or 43 other states.

The former 9th District Representative, Anthony Weiner, has put his apartment up for sale and is looking to move. His former
Congressional office is still open to deal with constituent issues.

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