NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) Republican Bob Turner has claimed Anthony Weiner’s seat, the first time the 9th Congressional District in Brooklyn and Queens will be in the hands of the GOP since the 1920s.

Turner had to wait until early Wednesday morning to declare victory.

Rep-Elect Bob Turner With WCBS 880’s Steve Scott

The retired cable TV executive, who has never held public office, ran as a Republican in a congressional district that has a 4-to-1 majority of Democrats. Turner said he won because voters wanted to send a message to President Obama that they don’t like his policies on the economy and Israel.

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“We’ve been asked by this district to send a message to Washington, and I hope they hear it loud and clear,” Turner said. “We’ve been told this is a referendum, and we’re ready to say ‘Mr. President, we’re on the wrong track.'”

He will be sworn in Thursday morning.

Turner hopes to hit the ground running in Washington and get appointed to committees that can impact New York.

“There are a number of very attractive committees but certainly homeland security is an issue here as well as banking or finance where some of the recent legislation will be very impactful, I think negatively, for New York City,” he said.

Disgraced Congressman Anthony Weiner, who resigned the seat, said he had voted for David Weprin to help continue the president’s policies, but his former constituents didn’t buy it.

It took 11 hours for Weprin to concede after the election was called, but in a statement Wednesday morning, Weprin said he called Turner to congratulate his opponent “on a well-fought campaign.”

“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,” Weprin said in his statement. “Though we may not have won, our work is far from over… 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.

And even though he made robo-calls on Weprin’s behalf, Gov. Andrew Cuomo had no comment Wednesday on Weprin’s defeat,” reports CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.

Voters told Kramer they had a lot of reasons for helping Turner upset Weprin.

“I think Turner won because Weprin ran a very lackluster campaign. He just took it for granted that us Democrats are going to get out and vote for him,” said Richard Fitzko of Sheepshead Bay. “Maybe just people here are just sick of Democrats having power and doing nothing.”

“He spent so much money. I must have gotten 20 calls each day. Weprin people didn’t start closing until the polls were closing,” Evelyn Berman added.

“I think people are just tired of the same old politics. The other fellow has been a longtime politician. Turner’s new. He’s a businessman and he knows how to create jobs. I just think we need a change, send a message to Obama,” said Karl Hellerich of Forest Hills.

The president’s policy on Israel brought many Jewish voters to the polls, including Democrat Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who crossed party lines to back Turner.

“When people went to vote, they said it was about the Obama administration, the policy on jobs, the policies with regard to Israel, and Bob Turner represented the values of our community,” Hikind said.

“They were sending President Obama, himself, a message with this vote that they are not accepting his policies. They want him to pivot and move and they are not going to take it any more. Thirty percent of the population in this district thinks his position on Israel has been just dead wrong,” Staten Island Rep. Michael Grimm said.

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Republican Congressman Peter King told CBS 2’s Kramer that the results of the victory could be that Democratic congressmen in vulnerable districts might not support the president’s agenda.

“Nervous Democrats in Congress from all over the country are going to see this race and say ‘My God, if this can happen in Anthony Weiner’s district, this can happen anywhere,'” King said.

Senator Charles Schumer and Democratic national chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz had a conference call to talk about the Republican victory.

“The district is not a bellwether districts. It’s one of the most conservative districts in New York City and even if you look at the overall, it did worse than the president’s vote in New York State in 2008,” Schumer said.

“I do think as the issue, as the scene focuses from cutting to jobs that the president will do better and better and better in this district, in New York and in the country.”

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee also issued this statement:

“The results … are not reflective of what will happen in November 2012 when Democratic challengers run against Republican incumbents who voted to end Medicare and cut social security while protecting tax loopholes for big corporations and the ultra wealthy.”

“Hopefully they’ll redistrict and eliminate District 9,” said Phil Fields, a disappointed Democrat.

The White House said it did not regard the Turner election as a referendum on President Obama.

Meanwhile, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand congratulated Turner on his win.

A spokesmen for Gov. Andrew Cuomo did not respond to requests for comment and a spokesman for Mayor Michael Bloomberg said a statement on the race was unlikely.

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Though Turner is a political novice, he’s far from an overnight success story.

He is 70 years old and in addition to his background as a television executive, he is part-owner of a hotel in Orlando.

He’s a trustee of pro-bono organizations such as the Achilles Track Club and Family Focus Adoption Services. He is also a veteran of the US Army.

Turner is married with five kids and 13 grandchildren.

This is the first time since 1923 that a Republican will represent the 9th Congressional District.

Besides Anthony Weiner, Democrats who have represented the district include Schumer and former vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro.

What effect will this result have on other lawmakers? Sound off in our comments section below…

Comments (33)
  1. M.A.D says:


  2. INJUN says:


    1. CanYouHearUsNow! says:

      You are a fool. It’s your party that wants high gas prices.

    2. CanYouHearUsNow! says:

      It was YOUR party that gave out sub prime mortgages thru Fannie& Freddie not those evil republicans. Get real.

  3. CanYouHearUsNow! says:

    Bob Turner won in a near landslide, in a district that’s been Democrat for 90-plus years by saying he would cut federal spending by 35%, by eliminating the US Department of Agriculture and the EPA and reducing the size of the Department of Education.
    Be afraid liberals, for we are just getting warmed up!

    1. KPMc says:

      Landslide? What numbers are you looking at?

      He’ll need to wipe out all those things to keep paying for the support we give Israel.

      Oy Vey!

  4. Eli says:

    David Weprin lost the election because he not only vouted for the Gay Marriage Bill when it came to a vote in the Assembly in June he also said that that Gay Marriage is a Civil Rights issue & not a religious people eventhough he is an Orhodox Jew & therefore angered the majority of orthodox Jews which ultimately cost him the Election. If Weprin would have voted against the Gay Marriage Bill he probably would have won the election

    1. CanYouHearUsNow! says:


  5. Rev. Charles L. Nowell, Sr. says:

    New York hates our president so much that would pu anyone into office and not recognizing the consquences of our action. Not over until God says it is over.

  6. usa4young says:

    70 Years old……………. Just what we need, more old f^&$’s!

    1. Hate Braindeads says:

      You have an experienced child as president right now, that gre up in a fairly land, and is clueless to the ways of the world. You have a young whipper snapper at the controls, and we are going nowhere. what more could you want ??

  7. Michael H. says:

    The only referendum that occurred in yesterday’s election is one of the Orthodox Jewish community being paranoid about Obama. I stood in line to vote yesterday afternoon and most of the people in line were Orthodox Jews from my neighborhood. This election was about one thing: Israel.

  8. Cindi says:

    A referendum vote on Obama? How quickly people forget about the 8 disastrous years of Republican rule. I’m at a point where I dislike both parties. Running back to Republicans just isn’t the answer anymore. Both parties have failed us miserably. Wake up American and lay off the reality TV that’s killing your brain cells!

    1. Tex says:

      No president will ever get credit for anything when a war is being fought. Society blames the President for just about anything. But what has Obama really done, except get elected ?? Yes he got Bin Laden, but the hunt for that man was started long beofre Obama. He has escalated the debt, stalled the economy, allowed Reid and others to run wild in Washington, and made a laughing stock out of the U.S. abroad. Wow, great legacy. Oh, and lets not forget the grid lock voters created the last election. Nothing will get done until the fall of next year, and if you think otherwise, take a few aspirin and lie down for a few days.

      1. Michael H. says:

        ” He has escalated the debt, stalled the economy, allowed Reid and others to run wild in Washington, and made a laughing stock out of the U.S. abroad”

        You can say the same thing about Bush’s 8 years.

      2. blue says:

        “but the hunt for that man was started long before Obama” – seriously, Tex? You have an impaired memory. In 2002 Bush said he wasn’t interested in Osama Bin Laden. He stopped looking for him! Probably because Bush was so tight with the Saudi Royal family and the Bin Ladens that he would never go after their son.That said, I believe Obama is on a personal mission of achieving bipartisanship above all else, which is tragic, since Republicans are only interested in bringing down Obama. What a mess.

      3. injun says:


      4. CanYouHearUsNow! says:

        Hey BLUE: Bush, Bush, Bush, O.K. then, if Clinton showed as much interest in OSAMA as he did in MONICA we wouldn’t be spending what we are now to fight terrorism and there would not have been a 9-11.

      5. blue says:

        Hey CanYouHearUsNow: While the Republicans were vilifying Clinton, they were blatantly committing their own adulteries while hypocritically about spouting family values. Apparently, their family values only applied to Democrats. And if you recall, while Clinton was president, we had a 200 billion surplus, we had world respect, and we led relatively peaceful lives. Everything changed instantly once bush, bush, bush got “appointed”. We’re spending what we do to “fight terrorism BECAUSE of bush, bush, bush, since Clinton advised him of the threat of Osama… one of the many warnings Bush chose to ignore. 9/11 happened on Bush’s watch, and don’t forget that he didn’t waste time to use the tragedy for his own twisted agenda… to start a war on false pretenses to go after, not Bin Laden, but Saddam Hussein. Bush, bush, bush should be in jail, jail, jail, along with his other cohorts. For all his faults, Obama is our only best hope. Unless, that is, you don’t mind that you’re struggling to make ends meet while the wealthiest 1% get tax breaks. Corporate CEOs get bonuses that could feed a small country while we live in perpetual war for profiteers – who are not “us”. You’re greatly deluded if you think ANY Republican will change things for the better.

  9. LiberalsAreEvil says:

    Thank God for His mercy!

  10. Dave says:

    Today, the Daily News reports that 46M Americans and 16% of New Yorkers are living below the poverty line, yet CEO and Executive compensation has never been higher. Does anyone see a relationship between the two. Corporate greed has annihilated the middle class, where today you have a handful of superrich people and hordes of poor people, yet very little to no middle class. How can a Repuplican congressman change this?

    1. Jimmy says:

      Don’t know, but obviously the Democrats can’t.

    2. Anyone But Obama - 2012 says:

      NO congressman – or any single politician – can change that – regardless of Party. But a fiscally responsible Congress can…Liberals r generally not fiscally responsible. Keynesian economics can work ONLY with a conservative mind at the helm to hold the reigns tightly. With an Extreme Liberal, bordering Socialist, like Obama, you have what we now have – a friggin’ mess with record high poverty.

      1. Michael H. says:

        Calling Obama an “Extreme Liberal, bordering Socialist” just shows you haven’t been paying attention the past few years to the centrist policies that have been enacted. Just because somebody in the center is to the left of you does not justify an accusation of being an extreme leftist.

      2. INJUN93 says:


      3. CanYouHearUsNow! says:

        @Michael H. : Put down the cool aid and step away from the ledge.

  11. Frank Hunt says:

    Obamacare right up front says it will CUT 500 BILLION FROM MEDICARE
    The dems will put in death panels that will deem it “NOT COST EFFECTIVE” to save the lives of Seniors over 73….this starts in Obamacare in 2014…these are FACTS

    1. jb says:

      Where do you get your “FACTS”?

      1. CanYouHearUsNow! says:

        It also says that when you sell your house after 2012 you gat to pay the GOV 3% of the selling price. Did you know that?JB? You don’t get out much do you.

    2. Michael H. says:

      Please, point out the exact language in the healthcare reform bill that creates “death panels”.

  12. Robert says:

    4 to 1 majority of losers! This is why New York is such a disaster area! Let’s face it Guiliani and Pataki fixed NY… as well as other conservatives at the local level…. In my district a disaster got elected… Its a Ghetto now, with the new disaster voted in, it will be a prison soon! Voting democratic is like voting default! for over 20 years our district has been voting disaster after disaster… It’s become a 3rd world Ghetto! I wonder if this Cypress Hills is anything comprable to the west coast Cypress Hills??? Simply a disaster and thats just the beginning… WoodHaven has now become a disaster too…. My congratulations to Bob Turner…. Hopefully now things will start turning around for the 9th district…..

    1. midi-man says:

      Totally agree Rudy fix this City need him back to re fix what Bloomberg broke and the stinking MTA.

      1. Jennifer says:

        I Agree Midi-Man and Robert. It was time for a change

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