NY GOP Taps Retired Exec To Run For Weiner Seat

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Republican leaders have chosen a candidate to compete in a special New York election to replace Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner.

Robert Turner, a retired media executive, will be the party’s nominee in the September 13 contest. Turner ran unsuccessfully against Weiner in the general election last year.

Councilman Eric Ulrich was considered a possible GOP contender.

Democrats nominated state Assemblyman David Weprin as their candidate on Friday. He’s favored to win the heavily Democratic district, which covers parts of Brooklyn and Queens.

Weiner resigned last month in the wake of a Twitter sexting scandal.

The special election on September 13 will also include six Assembly districts with vacancies that need to be filled. Those are in Oneida County, Erie County, Brooklyn, Manhattan and two in Queens.

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  • mj

    remove my comment. title isn’t inconsistent, but should be more focused on the one running than the loser

  • Phil B

    Bob Turner is a good guy with a great deal of business experience and commonsense. He is also an Army Vet. Just what we need now with this stalled economy. Bob got almost 40% of the vote in 2010 despite being out spent by 5/6/7 to 1. I also understand that Weprin doesn’t even live in the 9th CD so how can he run? I’m a registered Dem, but I’m voting for Bob. I feel betrayed by Weiner and the Brooklyn & Queens Democrat machine. They had to have known that Weiner was a freak, yet they let him run again and again.

  • ted

    Saw Weprin on an interview the other day – not exactly one of the great minds we purport to have in this nation. Looked like a dear in the headlights when he was asked a question he wasn’t prepared for.

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