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Weprin Concedes Election To Turner

Democrat praises his campaign in loss to Republican.

Wednesday morning, Democrat David Weprin officially

In a statement, Weprin congratulated Turner on a hard-fought campaign and urged his supporters not to lose heart.

“I just called Bob Turner to congratulate him on a well-fought campaign,” Weprin said. “He will now have the honor of representing Brooklyn and Queens in Congress, and I hope that he will work every day to represent all of the diverse communities that make up the 9th Congressional district. I’m incredibly proud of the campaign that we ran, and incredibly grateful to the countless volunteers who worked day after day to bring our message to voters.  In doing so we raised the profile of issues like Medicare, Social Security, and tax relief for working families — issues that will be of critical importance for the next Congress.”

Members of Turner’s campaign said late Tuesday night that they were surprised the concession call didn’t come once the Associated Press had called the race for the Republican.

With just over 60 precincts left to be counted early Wednesday afternoon, Turner held a commanding 5,000 vote lead in the district, according to the Associated Press. Almost all of that advantage was coming from voters in Brooklyn, where Turner’s count had doubled up the Queens native Weprin.

Voters in Forest Hills who spoke to Patch on election day

For now, Weprin will hang on to his seat in the New York State Assembly, based in Little Neck, and pledged to keep working on the issues that are important to New York City voters.

“Though we may not have won, our work is far from over,” he added. “The challenges that face our nation are many, and I will continue to work with all of my supporters to ensure that middle class New Yorkers have a real voice in our city, our state, and our country.”

Arthur J caputo September 14, 2011 at 10:12 PM
That's what Weprin gets for making his mantra his support of Israel. This is America and the city is New York. Go to Israel if you want to represent them.As far as the republican Turner is concerned you voted against yourself. The republicans are for the rich, Hello?Supporting subsidies for the rich oil companies and wanting to cut Social security and medicare instead.What a choice. The electorate loses again.
I Hacohen September 15, 2011 at 02:58 AM
Thanks to Obama's misleadership, even a dedicated career Civil Servant like David Weprin could not hold a seat in the House for the Democrats.
Rockir David September 15, 2011 at 03:22 AM
Thats just it. The Catholic guy supported Israel while Weprin was a self hating Jewish guy, booed time and time again for his lack of support and it was a key reason that he lost, but not the only reason.
none September 15, 2011 at 08:42 AM
Rockir David and I Hacohen----I agree. Being affiliated with a loser and adapting his ideals has its consequences and just rewards. This election proved it.
max September 15, 2011 at 10:16 AM
Weprin has never done anything of importance while in any office. He is a political hack. Weprin could not find his way out of a room with one door and an exit sign!
Arthur J caputo September 15, 2011 at 10:20 AM
The worst of Weprin is 100 times better then the best of a republican. How many times do you have to be burned by them to realize your on fire?Only for the rich . They could care less about the working people and seniors of this country. Proven time and again. Wise up.
Queens Voter September 15, 2011 at 12:30 PM
Weprin doesn't really care that much about losing the race because he still gets to hold his assembly seat. And he really doesn't care at all about the constituents he represents as he bounces from seat to seat and is the perennial candidate. He left his council seat to run for the citywide office of comptroller, was not even supported by his own party and was trounced in that election. Brother Mark then left his assembly seat to run for brother David's council seat, leaving a handy opening for brother David to win in a special election. Then David decides to run for Congress???!!! Do you think he actually gives a crap about anyone he represents? Thank goodness the voters of the 9th C.D. had the sense NOT to vote for him this time. Let's hope they can hold on to those lucid voting moments when David is up for re-election.
InForestHills September 15, 2011 at 12:57 PM
The Democratic political machine in queens county had better wake up. This is a message that their once loyal constituency is fed up with the corruption, back room deals, and despotism. Putting a useless political hack like Weprin as a reward to his family was the final straw as they are only killing time before they gerrymander the district lines. The results of this special election is more a statement than any thing else as this district will disappear and be absorbed by the other stronger democratic club house members districts. Maybe they will have the people's interests more in mind now than their own and their cronies' greed.
Concerned Voter September 15, 2011 at 04:29 PM
Wow, Queens Voter may be on to something, but you forgot to mention that David doesn't even live in the Congressional district that he was running in. But I guess that doesn't really matter seeing as the Queens Democratic Party Chairman Crowley lives with his family in Virginia, based on NY newspaper investigative reports. Is this really the best we can offer voters? Oy Veh!
Queens Voter September 15, 2011 at 04:53 PM
Concerned Voter is certainly right! And let's not forget Anne Margaret Corrozza who lived on Long Island while representing her Queens district. It just goes on and on, ad nauseum!!
max September 15, 2011 at 10:22 PM
Politics should not be a career. It creates too many questionable business relationships. How is it that the stock holdings of our officials in DC do 8% better than the general population. Wake up America follow the money!!
Tucker Loechsmann September 28, 2011 at 07:04 PM
Which slate is more habibi hugging? Can't you read?

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