Republican Wins Former Rep. Anthony Weiner’s Congressional Seat

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Even a series of recorded robo-calls from President Bill Clinton couldn’t save former Rep. Anthony Weiner’s New York congressional seat from a Republican takeover.

The stunning upset for a seat vacated by Mr. Weiner after he was forced to resigned following a Twitter picture scandal has been held by Democrats since the 1930’s, is a repudiation not only a repudiation of Anthony Weiner’s adolescent antics but quite possibly President Obama too.

Republican Bob Turner, a retired media executive, defeated Democrat David Weprin, a state assemblyman, by six points, 53 percent to 47 percent. Turner said:

“We’ve been asked by the people of this district to send a message to Washington and I hope they hear it laud and clear. Mr. President, we are on the wrong track.”

Weiner, who served for seven terms, was known for passionate speeches in support of healthcare reform and other issues dear to liberals. He was forced to resign from office after a series of phone pictures of him in various states of undress — one showing him with a full-on erection, went viral.

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8 Responses to Republican Wins Former Rep. Anthony Weiner’s Congressional Seat

  1. feminazi says:

    This really pisses me off. Anthony Weiner is a man-child, whose antics destroyed his career but also gave the Republicans another a vote in the House at a critical time when President Obama needs to get his jobs bill passed. Well done, Weiner. Thanks for nothing.

  2. Brigadoon says:

    Anthony Weiner is the opposite of Midas. Everything he touches turns to dog shit.

  3. Rachel says:

    I thought the same as you, Feminazi. Another seat lost to the GOP at a time when an important jobs bill intended to help millions of Americans hangs in the balance. Weiner is a little scumbag. I hope CNN or FOX doesn’t hire him. He should be working as a baggage handler at JFK.

  4. ajihani says:

    Obama’s less than friendly policy to Israel but ardently pro-Arab positions are at least partially behind this House seat flipping. Bob Turner is an out-spoken supporter of Israel. Whether accurate or not, Obama isn’t viewed by many Jews as pro-Israel and they are worried.

    Call it, payback to Obama for his support of the Arab Spring.

  5. Mets Fan says:

    A third of Anthony Weiner’s district is Jewish and conservative.

    This demographic was horrified by the former congressman’s phone pic/Twitter scandal and this couple with the widely held view that Obama needs to elevate the USA’s relationship with Israel above Egypt and Yemen, decided to teach the president a lesson.

  6. Sayingwhatneedsaying says:

    Hopefully, this is a wake up call for O-BUMMER!!!!!!!

  7. Matteo says:

    Seeing Ripple in Jewish Vote

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/15/us/politics/obama-israel-policies-may-cost-democrats-votes.html?_r=2&hp

    Still, American Jews are clearly less enchanted with Mr. Obama than they were in 2008, when nearly 8 out of 10 voted for him (in a Gallup poll last July, the most recent month for which data was available, his approval rating was 60 percent). Jewish lawmakers have been warning the White House that this disaffection could hurt the president in turnout, fund-raising and enthusiasm.

    “For a while now, I’ve been hearing from my constituents a lot of dissatisfaction with the statements on Israel that have been coming from the president and the administration,” said Representative Eliot L. Engel, Democrat of New York. “He’ll still get a majority of Jewish votes, but I would not be surprised to see that drop 10 to 20 points.”

  8. TOM339 says:

    DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz pooh-poohed the loss of Anthony Weiner’s seat to a Republican and even said “the seat has no national implications.”

    I beg to differ with Ms. Wasserman Schultz. Every seat has a national implication for a general election.

    With President Obama more unpopular every day and his base of support shrinking markedly among groups like Jewish American voters who have always been reliable Democratic supporters, I think the Obama White House should be worried.

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