Battle For Weiner’s Seat In Congress Turns Into Referendum On Obama Policies

Republican Bob Turner Grabs The Endorsement Of Assemblyman Hikind

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The gloves are off.

The special election to replace Congressman Anthony Weiner has turned downright nasty.

It’s as much a referendum on President Barack Obama’s policies as on the candidates’ credentials, reports CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.

Running in a Brooklyn/Queens district that is heavily Democratic and heavily Jewish, Republican congressional candidate Bob Turner got a two-for on Wednesday — the cross-party lines endorsement of Democratic Assemblyman Dov Hikind.

“Bob Turner, getting to know him over the months, is just what we call a real ‘mensch,’” Hikind said, referring to a Yiddish term that loosely translated means “a person of integrity and honor.”

Democrat David Weprin responded with the endorsement of Jon Bauman, “Bowzer” of the singing group “Sha Na Na.”

“Ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba dang de dang dang vote for David Weprin,” Bauman said.

Polls show the race to replace the disgraced Weiner is neck and neck and a referendum on the policies of President Obama and Washington, where proposals to cuts Social Security and Medicaid weigh heavily on the voters here. So do the president’s policies on Israel.

“With regard to the well being of the state of Israel there is no question that Barack Obama is someone that we in the Jewish community don’t trust,” Assemblyman Hikind said.

“The Obama administration has pursued a course that is apathetical to Israel. Here is an opportunity to send a message,” Turner said.

As a Democrat, Weprin has had a difficult time distancing himself from President Obama and so he attacked his opponent Wednesday by trying to wrap him in the Republican congressional positions of the last few months — the need to shrink the size of government.

“The main difference between my opponent and I is he wants to solve all the budget problems by cutting, cutting, cutting. There’s no question that there’s fat in the federal budget. I don’t disagree with that, but the way to cut the fat in the federal budget is with a scalpel, not with a hatchet,” Weprin said.

“As a businessman I will approach things from a practical non-partisan way simply to get the job done,” Turner said.

The special election is next Tuesday. In the war over newspaper endorsements, Turner is backed by the Daily News and the Post. Weprin has the endorsement of the Times.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  • Fredly

    Worse yet… “apethetical?” Hey – that’s not a word there. The word is “antithetical,” which at least Turner knew, as you can clearly hear him say it. This writer is either trying to make Turner look like an idiot, or the writer is one himself.

    • boson Higgs

      Just who is battling for Weiner’s seat?

      Is it Barney Frank and Jim McGreavey???

    • David

         [ap-uh-thet-ik] Show IPA

      having or showing little or no emotion: apathetic behavior.

      not interested or concerned; indifferent or unresponsive: an apathetic audience.

      Also, ap·a·thet·i·cal.

  • inthefoam

    Love your comment–the hyperbole is appropriate. If the Republican wins in this liberal district, leading Democrats may consider another candidate for president in 2012. It’s getting to the point where virtually any Republican candidate for president will beat Obama. Obama is most assuredly entitled to his opinion about America and Americans (hint: he doesn’t like it or them), but his philosophy and policies make him unsuitable to be president of the United States–a majority of voters still love this country and, yes, they find it “exceptional.” Obama is the paradigmatic one-term president. Perhaps Hillary will challenge him.

    • anne

      Obama is a master manipulator and will do anything to win. He will not lose to a woman, Look for the passage of amnesty to illegals by executive order with full rights….his little insurance policy aka 20M voters who will insure his re-election.

    • Chris Kane

      Actually, “it’s getting to the point where” a dead cat could beat Obama

      • miked


    • Paul Pflimlin

      Hillary is as anti semitic as was her husband! As secretary of State she has been trying to get rid of Netanyahu and have him replaced by someone just like before bringing on another INTIFATA.

  • Dr Nick R

    “Hey Barak! Where’s the scalpel???”

    That was one of my TEA Party signs.

    As a net taxpayer, I found out the scalpel is in my back.

  • snowwwizard

    They should vote the opposite of the way weiner’s pointing ROFLMAO

  • paulejb

    The NY Times endorsement, a kiss of death. It’s over for Weprin, even Bowzer can’t save him.

  • Noel Greco

    “The Bowser Endorsement” – that should seal it!

  • Dave Turner

    Bowser’s always been my political oracle when it comes to important decisions. Seriously? I’m just amazed he’s still around.

    • Massimo Deportado

      Wavy Gravy was too busy…..

  • Rob Z

    Now the Obama Administration is asking the Saudi’s to fund terrorism on Israel by supporting the PA. Tell me again why voting for a democrat in the White House or any other position is a good idea??

    • cjs1943

      Its never a good idea to vote for a dem in any office.

  • Craig

    The fact that the NYTimes endorsed the Dem is meaningless. They endorse nearly every Dem, marginalizing their own words. To be fair, the Post is usually behind the Republican. But that the Daily News endorsed Turner is meaningful. They are usually the paper that will give both candidates a fair shake and choose the one best for NYC. They pick Dems more than Reps like the Times, but they are much more fair about it. With the Daily News endorsement and the HIkind endorsement, I think Turner has a great shot at pulling the upset.

  • Peter Courtenay Stephens

    Why does American Jewry embrace the Obama Democratic Party today which is rapidly enslaving this nation in a Marxist/Fascist police state when they have spent 70 years plus or minus vilifying justifiably, the Nazi’s.
    There is no difference in the slightest.
    “Beware the Marxist/Fascist Agenda, It’s Excrement smells the Same.”

    • flashman1854

      Jews vote Dem because the majority of Jews are not actively religious. They are liberals first, Jews second (if actually “Jewish” at all).

      There are the cultural Jews, like Larry David, who may attend Synagogue, and call himself a Jew, may even believe in God. But he sure as heck doesn’t follow the Bible. Liberalism is his true faith.

      There are people who call themselves Jews, who in fact don’t even do as much as the “cultural Jew”. No attendance, no belief, no real religion.

      There are Reformed Jews, which is the liberal, lefty side of the Jewish faith.

      Then there are the Conservative Jews, and the Hassidic Jews. These last groups are overwhelming Republican supporters. But the “Jews” we mostly hear about are in the first groups. And they comprise the majority of those who call themselves Jews.

      Another reason the Dems glean support from Jews is the false belief that Communist Russia was a friend of the Jews (in the 1930s – 1940s) due to their war with and opposition to Nazi Germany. Of course old Joe Stalin made Hitler look like a choir boy, but the lie persisted that Russia was good, because Hitler and the Nazi were so bad and the Commies were fighting against the Germans.

      In the end it’s about Liberalism (modern, illogical Liberalism) and the nearly religious fanaticism of its followers. That’s why “Jews vote for Democrats”.

    • WBC

      Jews vote democrat because they know that the GOP will support Israel as a matter of principle regardless of how American Jews vote. Thus, Jews get to have it both ways – they get to support socialist stupidity while knowing that Israel will be protected by the people they love to insult. It’s a nice trick, but it may not work forever.

      • JMWinPR

        Interesting point. Never thought of it that way. Thanks

      • Max

        The Jews that vote democrat don’t give a hoot about Israel. Liberal Jews are ashamed of their heritage thus abandon practices and allegiances. The observant Jewish community does indeed know that Republicans are pro-Israel but we do not take it nor anything this great country offers. I am an American and love every second of what only America offers. i also long for Israel as a homeland which will be true to our heritage. I have been a registered Republican since 1988 and love that the world gets to see that we can show up for Turner now.

    • CC Coleman

      Believe it not, there was a contingent of Jewish WW1 Vets that were pro Hitler before he started putting them in the camps. Same thing here. They are sheep who will vote for who they are told to vote for in the Democratic Party. Even if Israel falls due to a pull back of support from the US by a Democratic Congress or President – they will still vote to put themselves in gas chambers and ovens.

  • tink

    voting for someone simply because of their race is as racist as voting against someone simply because of their race.

    • 51 Phantom

      Well, DUH!

  • RClimber

    Mr. Weprin, don;t worry about a thing. You’ll be elected! The people cry and scream for change but elect the same d i r t b a g s every time.

    • Jack Kennedy

      its the only way that the slime democrats keep power ………… stooopidity of the voter

  • Rowdy Boots

    How can the Jews trust a man who sat in the anti-semitic, anti-white, racist slob church of Jeremiah Wright?



    His friends may think otherwise, but of course, they would.

  • John Frost

    Liberal Jews hate Israel, America and Freedom.
    Vote for Turner and the safety of Israel and send Obama a Message that Americans will not tolerate Obama’s abuse on Israel.
    Defeat Obama, elect Turner!!

    • Rowdy Boots

      Oh, I see.

      You use the term Gay as an insult. You must be a LIBERAL.


  • Josh

    If the main issue is a policy stance on Israel, then wouldn’t it make more sense to vote for the guy who is actually JEWISH?!?!? HELLO?!?!?
    The best way to support Israel is to limit the influence of religious extremists like Dov “I am only elected b/c I kiss up to the Hassidim” Hikind. He stinks worse than spoiled whitefish.

    • Bob

      Politicians who’s main reason for being in office is to support Israel ought to live in Israel.

      • Gabriel

        Agreed completely.

  • sicofphoneys

    WHY do Jewish people not get it. They will follow theJew hating leaders/ generally Democrats right into the ocean and the only Jews left will question why they are so picked on. Why do they not stand up for themselves? In fact why don’t peace-loving Muslims stand up?

    • Charles Aronowitz

      There are no peace-loving Muslims.

    • Conservatives are stupid

      Is it because you can’t construct a grammatically-correct, coherent sentence?

      • noahfingwhey

        Wow! That was insightful. Does this kind of thinking come natural for you or do you have to work at it?

  • Pounce Kitty

    New York voters are self-destructive. Look at who they vote for! Look at Hillary, who stiffed them, the sick Cuomos, Wrangle, corrupt and crooked Democrats going back to Boss Tweed. Their hatred for Republicans and sane thinkers is greater than their own self-interest. I left New York years ago because I couldn’t take the self-destruction!

    • phil

      Left New York 21 yrs ago, never regretted it.

    • chobers

      Weiner stiffed them, too, heh.

    • Rowdy Boots

      I come from the mountains.

      When I first went to New York City, I marveled that these ignorant brash libs actually called me a hick.



      • ontie1

        You haven’t been to Kaaaaleeeeeeephonyaaa!

    • Radgast

      Charles Schumer for president

      • phil


      • whodat1

        Get a rope!

    • sicofphoneys

      Not to mention the support of their waste of humanity mayor, Mayor Bloomberg.. (Notice I did not say idiot, even though I could hardly stop myself from speaking that truth).s

  • Rockaway 53

    I am sick and tired of the vote hinging on what the candidate says about Israel. Our President stands with the Arab people! Obama understands the concerns Arabs have even here in America where we always are the second class. We know Weariness will stand with President Obama and put Palestinian statehood on a priority track. We pay taxes too and it’s time we stand up and support David Weprin!

    • snoopy

      spoken like a true towel head
      fak u and palestine

    • n/\nn

      Yes! Obama stands with the neo-barbarians of Hamastan!

    • The Clintidote

      Ofailure supports the Islamonazi death cult – that’s just one of thousands of reasons to reject that idiot and his supporters.

    • chobers

      Looks like you vote hinged on what the candidate says about Arabs.

  • RT

    Obama has added $4 trillion to the national debt in just over two and a half years in office. Please tell me what has he cut? His jobs plan will be more of the same – spend, spend, spend.

  • B. Holly

    Bowzer? is he still alilve? Well, there’s an endorsement that means something…to your grandmother, maybe….

  • Chippy55

    Tell us again Mr. Average New York voter what the attraction is to Screaming Weiner, or Schumer who doesn’t know what the three branches of government are, or Hillary Clinton, or your idiot Mayor? Turn off CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, and ABC and go visit the Midwest for a week before the election. No crowds, no bedbugs, no traffic jams, no Carfellas, no lying politicos, no Obama Apologists, just good, decent, God fearing citizens who love this Country. Then go back to New York and see how pathetic the Democrat Party is, and axe yourself: Do I really want to vote for another Liberal, ever?

  • Robert

    ” the way to cut the fat in the federal budget is with a scalpel, not with a hatchet,” Weprin said.”

    Yeah that’s what Obama said in 2008. Name one thing he cut. The proble
    Is he’s not a doctor though he plays one on TelePrompTer.

    • 51 Phantom

      He cut our throats.

    • sicofphoneys

      What is worse than a president that reads a teleprompter-a president that has to prerecord it. However the priceless moment when he was caught will be just one more feather in his giant pillow of mistakes spoken by the man who gave such a great speech, once.

      • bruce

        “Here comes the orator! With his flood of words, and his drop of reason.” –Benjamin Franklin

    • Massimo Deportado

      I’m kind of partial to chainsaws….

  • Brian, Sr

    Marcia Kramer is really cute.

    • Jimm57

      Shoulda seen Marcia 15 yrs ago!!

    • Jim

      For a centenarian, sure.

  • Greycoat

    Obama would be another full fledged Hitler by now if he didn’t take so many vacations. But he still is an aspiring tyrant.

    • supersniffy

      Be patient….he’s trying to win the second term by winning the independents. IF he wins, a leftist agenda will follow. A dependency on the government will occur and he will assume “chief for life”. Read your history….that’s what happened in Cuba, Venezuela, and various others….

      • sicofphoneys

        Truer words were never spoken than those of you and Greycoat. IF he wins, we are doomed and with the track record for dishonesty that he an his cronies have, we could be in trouble.

  • Mike

    The amazing part is that democrats and Obama still haven’t wiser up. They should have learned from Scott Brown, but didn’t. They should have learned from the 2010 shellacking, but didn’t. It’s amazing that they’re still trying to spend money against the will of Americans. Obama wanting to destroy Israel isn’t helping either

    • Gabriel

      I seriously don’t understand why anyone thinks that Obama wants to destroy Israel, our giant welfare check to Israel is even bigger this year, despite the economy. The US is voting “No” against the Palestinian bid for statehood. We’ve got US forces in 6 Muslim countries now, killing all their alleged enemies.

      What more does Israel want? A handjob? It’s not like Israel’s committed even one troop to Afghanistan or Iraq in the last ten years…some ally.

  • The Shunned Pundit

    Bower’s a libnut?

    • Massimo Deportado

      Most musicians are.
      Even the ones who pretend they can play an instrument!

  • Daniel

    ABO. Anybody But Obama, and any body but someone who will vote in sync with Obama. Save our country, save Israel, no more democrats UNTIL Obama is removed from office!

  • cmd
  • Kettering1

    New Yorkers are daft if they keep voting in Dumbocrats. The city is bankrupt and yet the keep voting the very people who keep bankrupting them. Talk about stupidity.

    • whodat1

      They (like Kalifornia) know they’re going bankrupt. They elect democrats because they know that they’ll ‘redistribute’ the wealth and bail them out.

    • Massimo Deportado

      Kind of funny that Bloomberg could actually cut a check out of his private funds and pay for all of his liberalism….. nah.

      Why does a phoney RINO billionaire need a job?

      ANSWER: All libs like to push people around.

  • Mark

    Nope – not an ounce of Bill Clinton in me.

    • Chippy55


  • Phil N

    Did the voters know that the man they elected, Weiner, was not Jewish and was married to a Moslem whose mother had ties to Islamic terrorists. I hope they look at their canidates more closely this time. Then again, an endorsement from “Bowser” should really count for a lot.

  • J

    My sweet black man Obama, from the ghetta, on the South Side of Chitown, is going to kick all of your Repugnican butts back to the gutter where they belong. ALL of us black folk and Mexicans are going to clean house on youze and that will be that. Before, only 90% of the blacks voted for him and only 75% of the Mexicans…but now 100% will vote and vote twice for the man himself, the Chosun one.

    • Steve

      Chosun one………..that’s in Korea. So he really IS the Manchurian Candidate

    • Ted J. Ronan

      I’m mexican. I ain’t voting for Mr.Obama. who the hell are you to speak for me. obama is mulatto, he’s not from the ghetto, he’s not from chitown. you sound like just another ignorant democrat.

    • sicofphoneys

      One thing for sure is that J is right saying only idiots will vote again for Obama. But idiots come in all colors.

    • Jen H

      but now 100% will vote and vote twice for the man himself,

      Interesting … blacks & mexicans are eligible to vote twice?!

      • JMWinPR

        Only if they vote (d). My first recollection of this style was the 1960 Pres election in Chicago. Say what you want about Nixon, he had more class than the sons of a bootlegger.

      • sicofphoneys

        Don’t forget dead people!

      • Massimo Deportado

        Don’t forget cartoon characters!

    • GunsForHire

      J is someone that society can do without. Warning to you black folks. Obama will lose and if you guys riot in the aftermath, make sure you don’t come to my neighborhood. It will be shoot to kill time.the moment you trespass. Take this warning seriously.

    • Bob

      You aren’t even black you white trailer trash troll.

      • phil

        why so tense, the man only speek da trut

      • sicofphoneys

        Jim says typical white person?, I never voted for anybody just because they were white. How many black people voted for Obama just because he was black?

      • Jim

        typical white person

      • Massimo Deportado

        That Chris Rock riff about Marion Barry crack head is very funny!

        So inspiring for all black chillin’s…..

      • Tyrone 666

        Racist blacks will vote skin color first, and qualification does not matter. Obama, Rangel, Waters, Marion Berry, any crook will do as long as the skin color is correct.

    • Paul Smith

      Is the bad grammar suppose to make us believe you are black and uneducated? You are teh one who is Racist.

    • fredCPA

      well, thats great dude. that’ll get him about 1 state and 29% of pop vote. so yeah, thats about right. peace out bro.

    • road

      Hey j u sound just like the black trash us white krackers are going to remove from our house. Perhaps the empty one will permit you to carry his bag as he hastily exits the US and heads back to that 3rd world s#%t hole he comes from.

  • sstflyer

    Weprin said, “The main difference between my opponent and I is he wants to solve all the budget problems by cutting, cutting, cutting. There’s no question that there’s fat in the federal budget….

    Should be ‘me’.

  • Harriet Fanon

    Hope his politics are better than his grammar:
    “between my opponent and I” ???

  • Paul B.

    He actually said to go after the budget with a scalpel? Wow. NYC, we need you to do the right thing here. This is a rare opportunity to upset status quo machine politics. DO IT!!

  • James Foye

    Yea, that’s the ticket, say you’re going to go after the budget with a scalpel. That will really get people excited when everyone knows you have to go after it with a friggin pile driver.

  • Jimmy R

    I don’t think his hair did is real, just sayin.

    • 57nomad

      Oh, it’s real hair all right. It’s just not his real hair.

  • homer crad

    America needs Obama-care like Nancy Pelosi needs a Halloween mask. –Jay Leno

    Q: Have you heard about McDonald’s’new Obama Value Meal?

    A: Order anything you likeand the guy behind you has to pay for it. –Conan O’Brien

    Q: What does Barack Obama call lunch with a convicted felon?

    A: A fund raiser. –Jay Leno

    Q: What’s the difference betweenObama’s cabinet and a penitentiary?A: One is filled withtax evaders, blackmailers,and threats to society.

    The other is for housing prisoners. –David Letterman

    Q: If Nancy Pelosi and Obama were on a boatin the middle of the ocean and it started to sink,who would be saved?A: America ! –Jimmy Fallon

    Q: What’s the difference betweenObama and his dog, Bo?

    A: Bo has papers. –Jimmy Kimmel

    Q: What was the most positive result ofthe “Cash for Clunkers” program?

    A: It took 95% of theObama bumper stickers off the road. –David Letterman

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  • bibo

    And I thought dems could not sink any lower than Wiener – Bowzer? Is this for real?

  • Nutty

    Headline should be – Weiner Replacement Painful for Obama

    • 51 Phantom


    • Chris

      Perfect! LMAO

    • fredCPA

      i think michele wears the weiner in that family man. thats why he “escapes” to the golf course every chance he gets. who out there goes on family vacation, and plays golf all day WITHOUT the wife and kids. man, this dude, is not only a pansy, and stupid, and out of ideas, and a leader from behind, a narcissist, but he doesnt even seem to like his own family. what a sad small man. too bad the crushing he will take in nov12 will probably snap his malignant narcissist psyche. he would ahve been funny to have around for years of retirement. to haul out for a “dont EVER do this again” moments. like they do with carter. but his impending mental break and hospitalization will make him “unavailable”. pity.

  • John Moser

    Oh great, now Weprin has to distance himself from Obummer and from Bowzer.

  • Larry Burdge

    People don’t like Obama because they just don’t appreciate community organizing and all of the great effects it’s done for the Democratic party………They might be a racist too.

    • Jim

      Well, you’re part right…people don’t like obama.


    obama is an inexperienced buffoon, who has NO idea.
    Besides the blacks that feel obligated to vote for him, even though he is 1/2 white, and while the black unemployment is higher than ever . Then, we have the liberal Jews, were, their liberal political beliefs overshadow the obama adminstrations policy and treating of Israel. This man/child has no clue how to run a burger joint in newark, let alone the USA. GET THIS FOOL OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE.. (OH NO!!…WAS THAT RACIAL?)

    • BrklynJon

      So True. Tek

    • Tom

      It’s one thing for a guy to be an inexperienced buffoon. It’s another thing for him to be an inexperienced buffoon after almost three years of experience. Now that’s a neat trick. But I guess that’s what three years of constant vacationing will do for you.

  • Robert Zagrodzky

    Hussein Obama is probably a muslim. Jews should run at right angles to him & his policies to’wd Israel.

    • R Neville

      He is not “probably” a Muslim, he is definitely a Muslim. He has NEVER renounced his Muslim faith publicly, though he has said he was a Christian. The Islamic faith says lying for “the cause” is o.k. I am completely convinced O’Bumble is lying, and I’m also completely convinced he is a Muslim.

      We have let the Trojan Horse into our White House, all because the mainstream media failed to vett him. Had he been a Republican, he’d have been laughed out of the primaries. God help our nation.

  • A_Fremen

    We are coming for you Emperor Obama.

  • Kathleen3

    The endorsement of Weprin by the Times should be enough to convince anyone to vote for Turner.

    • Bud Wood

      YES, i guess that NYTimes support should be the indicator of for whom not to vote

  • Matman

    You shall reap what you sow….so what did the Weiner get you? Clap?

    • Jim

      a pplause-able answer

  • The Cryptojournalist

    Ooh, New York Dems leaning on Mr. Obama for not supporting Israel enough. Zing.

    Let’s just throw it out there now. The guy’s winning re-election.

  • Todd Clemmer

    Jews vote left. Doesn’t matter who the candidate is or what their history is, NY Jews vote with the statist always. Bauman doesn’t stand a chance.

    • Jerry Stroud

      Todd, you are right. If Adolf Hitler was still alive and running as a democrat in that district, the Jews there would still vote democrat. Sad but true.

      • fredCPA

        its all about the abortion…thats it. for them. trumps isreals survival apparently. strange.

  • Gunny G Alz

    NOTHING good comes out of NY when it comes to politicians! Chuck U Schumer? Gun Grabber Bloomberg? Weinie Boy? Hitlery Klintoon?

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