Wednesday, September 14, 2011


In a sharp rebuff to President Barack Obama, Republican Bob Turner won a special House election in New York Tuesday night, giving the GOP a district that Obama had carried with 55 percent in 2008 and which Democrats had held since the 1920s.

The seat had been represented for seven (7) terms by Democrat Anthony Weiner who resigned in June after sending sexually provocative messages to women he contacted online.

Democratic state lawmaker David Weprin got only 47% of the vote.  Weprin is a 56-year-old Orthodox Jew and member of a prominent Queens political family.
Considering  registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by three to one in the district; the democrat seemed like a good fit for the largely white, working-class district, which is nearly 40 percent Jewish.

Perhaps Weprin’s vote for legalizing same-sex marriages and Obama’s uneasy relations with the Israeli government caused disaffection among Jewish Democrats. The dismal job numbers and stagnant economy coupled with no real long term plan for fiscal responsibility or market certainty took care of the other voters......................

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