Updated 07/09/2011 10:37 AM
Bob Turner And Assemblyman David Weprin Vie For Congressional Seat
GOP leaders have selected businessman Bob Turner to oppose State Assemblyman David Weprin for former Congressman Anthony Weiner’s vacated seat in the 9th Congressional District. NY1’s Grace Rauh filed the following report.
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This off-election year is turning into an interesting one, at least for voters in Anthony Weiner's old Congressional district.
Republican businessman Bob Turner got the nod Friday from GOP leaders, which means he'll be running on the party line in the special election for Weiner's seat.
Turner challenged Weiner in 2010, winning about 40 percent of the vote. He declined to be interviewed.
On the Democratic side, they're already cheering their pick.
State Assemblyman David Weprin on Friday officially became the Democratic candidate for the 9th Congressional District, which stretches from Queens into Brooklyn.
"This is going to be a real race. We have to take this seriously. It's a sprint," Weprin said.
The special election to replace former Congressman Anthony Weiner will be held on September 13.
Weiner resigned last month after admitting he exchanged sexual messages and photographs with women he met online. Weprin is not nearly as tech-savvy as Weiner and says he has never used Twitter, the social messaging site that got the former congressman in such trouble.
"With David, what you see is what you get. He's been in politics a long time. My family's been in politics a long time," said Weprin's brother, City Councilman Mark Weprin.
Weprin's late father, Saul Weprin, was once the speaker of the New York State Assembly.
Weprin was handpicked by party leaders as there's no party primary for the special election.
Meanwhile, there's also the question of whether the congressional seat in play will exist at all after 2012. The state is losing two spots in the House of Representatives, and many think Weiner's old slot will be one of them.
Weprin, though, insists he's not running to count down the clock.
"I'm not here to be a caretaker," he said. "I'm here to fight and fill the vacuum in the 9th Congressional District."
"No one knows what's going to happen in reapportionment. Anyone who says they do is dreaming," said Congressman Joseph Crowley.
Unlike his opponent, Weprin doesn't live in the district he's hoping to represent. It isn't technically a requirement, but it may be an issue with voters he needs to win over to get this new job.