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Weprin’s loss a blow to middle class

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The real losers in last week’s special election to fill Anthony Weiner’s seat are the middle-class voters whose lives will be adversely affected by the radical Tea Party policies their new congressman supports.

How did this happen?

Let’s be clear, David Weprin’s support for marriage equality did not play a pivotal role in this race. Even Bob Turner’s campaign acknowledged that the issue likely earned Weprin as many supporters as it lost him. Nonetheless, it was sad to see our neighbors in the Orthodox Jewish community attempt to make this a referendum on marriage equality.

The race really turned on a few main factors. For one, Turner was a likeable candidate who was familiar with the district because he had run for the seat against Weiner only one year earlier.

Weprin, on the other hand, had only two months to introduce himself to the entire district and to make his case to voters when most people are not paying attention. Moreover, it did not help that Weprin had been chosen by party bosses, instead of Democratic voters, or that Weprin made a few missteps that captured headlines.

Most important, though, the debate about the ailing economy — the singular issue to voters — was overshadowed by conversations about irrelevant issues, like the so-called Ground Zero mosque or Obama’s policy towards Israel. When a small minority of voters went to the polls, they took their frustrations about the economy out on the party in power, instead of blaming the party that continues to obstruct the implementation of smart economic policies that would heal our economy.

Had leaders like Ed Koch and Dov Hikind put the voters’ interests ahead of their own, they would have used this race to send a message to the radical and reckless Tea Party Republican members of Congress who have damaged our nation’s credit rating, refused to compromise, and advocated for the dismantling of Social Security, Medicare and other programs that many middle class families in the ninth congressional district have paid for, cherish and rely upon.

Some can pretend this was a victory for opponents of marriage equality, but the real victors in this race are the Tea Party Republicans, who are further emboldened to pursue their radical agenda of eviscerating our nation’s social safety net and continuing the unsustainable tax cuts and tax loopholes for large corporations and the wealthiest Americans. And they now have one more vote with which to implement it.

Matthew McMorrow is co-president of Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn.

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Gene B. from Sheepshead Bay says:
Wow, where to begin...

First, check the facts - the middle class spoke loud and clear for Turner. If you look at the voting breakdown, Weprin lost in the middle class neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens BIG.

Second, a former citywide candidate whose family has been a political dynasty in NY has trouble introducing himself to voters? That's a joke, right? Or maybe you're conceding that Weprin is a horrible candidate and just making excuses for him?

Third, these so-called "irrelevant" issues are issues important to different people in the district. So was same-sex marriage. Why do you think southern Brooklyn Assemblypeople that overlap in NY-9 voted against SSM - notably Steven Cymbrowitz, who district came out HUGE for Turner? Because they know their community.

And if SSM was their issue, then take your pick from a smorgasbord of issue which voters were angry about to choose from! (the weakness of Weprin's candidacy, Israel, dissatisfaction with the Presidency - just to name a few!)

Weprin ultimately lost because he didn't know the district. And apparently, neither do you.
Sept. 23, 2011, 4:10 pm
kenneth wecker from kings highway says:
weprin lost because he had NO staff working in the brooklyn part of the district! NONE! when his office was asked where are the weprin workers, I was told we are in queens? they didint cover Brooklyn! Turner did! Weprin didnt say that Koch was wrong and say he is for isreal! he kept quiet! it turns out as many of us knew that Obama is for Israel! Tuner took advantage of Weprin inexperience in coming to brooklyn and showed no knowledge of the issues except for the medicare/social security issue! their are other issues! and as Koch seems that he has turned against the people as he is a republican! Weprin didint even other issues! it looks like the democratic bosses picked the wrong man to run! a better candidate would of beaten Turner but not weprin!
Sept. 24, 2011, 10:43 am
kenneth wecker from kings highway says:
the sad part is that Turner does say he agrees with the Tea party that they should cut medicare and social security! MANY PEOPLE focused on wrong issues about Isreal! Now that Obama is backing Isreal many may feel they made the wrong choice! too late! and both candiates agreed with gay marriage but koch told Turner to keep quiet! turner never came to any senior center! while Weprin only went to center in queens! he ignored Brooklyn! weprin was not right man for the job! turner may not be but as issues of isreal seem more important to people then medicare and social security is shocking but it is a fact! Tunrer had been to kings highway and he was ignored! at least he came to brooklyn! Weprin didint come to brooklyn at all! cant win that way
Sept. 24, 2011, 10:51 am

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