The special election fight in the Ninth District has gotten fierce again, with Democrat David Weprin and Republican Bob Turner trading barbs on Monday over each other’s reaction to
Weprin’s campaign cancelled a debate scheduled for Middle Village Monday night, citing damage concerns from Irene. At almost the same time, Turner’s campaign
Weprin’s team pounced on the Republican’s stance, saying Turner’s statement represents a flip-flop on disaster relief from his stated position on last year’s tornado.
During a debate with Anthony Weiner last year, Turner said he didn’t believe federal funds should be used to pay for damages to trees and property in Forest Hills.
“Despite the fact that Bob Turner is calling for federal disaster assistance, the voters can’t trust him to follow through to make this much-needed help a reality. Just last year he said this funding shouldn’t exist,” Weprin said.
In response, Turner’s team attacked Weprin for cancelling his debate appearance, releasing a photo of a Turner SUV parked outside Weprin’s Forest Hills campaign headquarters, and offering to have a volunteer drive him to the debate.
“Our intrepid volunteer braved sunny skies and clear roadways this afternoon to chart the course between Mr. Weprin's headquarters in Forest Hills and the site of tonight's debate in Middle Village,” said William O’Reilly of the Turner campaign.
“What he discovered is that, indeed, the 22-minute trip can be made, if one is willing to brave two turns and several traffic lights. Now that he knows the route, our volunteer is offering to pick up and drop off Mr. Weprin this evening, so Mr. Weprin can no longer say he cant get there.”