Describing himself as a “businessman and fed-up New Yorker” on Monday, Republican candidate for Congress Bob Turner issued a release attacking his opponent, David Weprin, and demanding that he take a stand against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
Turner attacked Weprin as a career politician in the release, which was passed out by campaign staffer O’Brien Murray at Weprin’s appearance at a Kew Gardens Hills Jewish Center.
“David Weprin has been a politician so long that he seems to have forgotten what real people care about,” Turner said in the release. “Hint: They want to choose their own doctors and they don’t want Washington bureaucrats in the examining room with them.”
Turner also echoed a claim from presidential candidate Mitt Romney in the release, saying that the health care bill will cut $500 billion from Medicare programs. That statement, which Romney made last month, has been rated as a “half-truth” by Politifact.com.
Turner faces an uphill battle in his bid for the seat, with Democrats in the district outnumbering Republicans by 3-to-1 in registration numbers, so it’s no surprise that he’s quickly gone on the attack.
The statement also claims that former governor David Paterson and Mayor Michael Bloomberg “passionately opposed” the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Paterson, while in office, said that New York could be punished to the tune of over $1 billion by the plan. Bloomberg, while occasionally lukewarm, was seen as a supporter of the legislation.