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Democrats Choose David Weprin To Run For Weiner's Seat: Report

Assemblyman has been party mainstay in Queens.

According to published reports at New York 1 and the New York Times, Assemblyman David Weprin has been chosen by the Queens County Democrats to run for the Ninth Congressional District seat this September.

The seat, f is a district that curves its way around several middle class and well-to-do neighborhoods predominantly in Queens, but also Brooklyn.

Weprin, who has spent more than a decade in city and state government, currently serves in the Assembly after two terms in the city council. After mounting an unsuccessful run for New York City Comptroller in a crowded field, Weprin won a special election for his current Assembly seat in February 2010.

Weprin’s pedigree is unmatched in service to Queens, with father Saul a hugely influential former Assembly member and Speaker of the Assembly and brother Mark a current councilman and former Assemblyman in eastern Queens.

Weprin has a reputation for being a financially prudent steward of government. He got his start in politics in 1983 when, at the age of 27, he was selected as the Deputy Superintendent of Banks for New York State.

A representative of the Queens County Democrats said that the group is not able to confirm the selection yet, but will send out the information as soon as it is available.

The special election will be held on Sept. 13, primary day in New York State. So far, Queens County Republicans have not made a selection in the race, though there has been a great deal of speculation around Weiner's 2010 opponent,

carlosB July 07, 2011 at 10:48 PM
THE REPUBLICAN MACHINE IN QUEENS AND BROOKLYN COUNTY HAVE A LONG STANDING DEAL FOR THIS SEAT TO MAKE SURE THE DEMOCRAT WINS. THEY ALWAYS PICK A LOSER. DUE TO THAT, THEY CANNOT EVEN ISSUE A PRESS RELEASE THAT WOULD BE COMPETITIVE. UNTIL THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IN NYSTATE IS FLUSHED OUT OF ITS IN BED WITH THE DEMOCRAT PARTY, AND UNTIL REPUBLICANS RUN TO WIN AND THE CLUBHOUSE BOSSES ARE THROWN OUT, THERE WILL BE DEMS IN SAFE SEATS SUCH AS THIS.
Rainey Duke July 08, 2011 at 04:13 AM
Is there no chance of Weiner running? There are so few progressives in Congress. It would be a shame to lose such a good fighter for social problems like Medicare, Social Security, etc.
Queens Voter July 08, 2011 at 04:09 PM
David, councilman, then assemblyman after his failed bid for comptroller. So brother Mark ran for David's council seat, opening up his assembly seat for brother David when he lost (and the Weprins, et.al. knew he'd lose) the comptroller elections. This way the seat in Albany (that had been held by father Saul) would stay "in the family". How disgusting beyond belief. So how will they hold the seat now - put the wife in or have the brother move to the district. Maybe mother Sylvia LOL The only reason David even will go for Weiner's seat is to have it be a stepping stone to the comptroller seat. The congressional district will probably be absorbed into others with the redistricting. The Weprins love to play ping pong with these positions. They don't really give a crap about those they represent. I don't care who the Republican opponent is, I will vote for ANYONE but a Weprin!!!
Pat Ade July 08, 2011 at 06:19 PM
Didn't he resign in disgrace from his last position? This guy may have a wonderful father and brother, but he's tainted just like Weiner. We can't keep electing people with emotional and psychological problems. A leader should have ability and morals.
Mitch Schwadron July 09, 2011 at 02:32 PM
David had not been forced to resign from anything, I think you have your dynasty's mixed up. He ran for comptroller and lost, but his brother ran for his council seat and won, leaving the assembly seat open which David won in a special off cycle election. If David wins the congressional seat then there will be a special off cycle race for his seat in the assembly, leaving a wonderful oportunity for Froderick to capture the seat without intervention from the Parkside group, or the Weprin Family.

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