A new poll shows the Republican in the lead in this traditionally Democratic Queens district. We talked with the Democrat about his chances.
BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- National Democrats are scrambling to retain the New York City congressional seat once held by Anthony Weiner as a new poll shows Republican Republican Bob Turner with a six point lead in advance of voting Tuesday in the special election in state's 9th District.
I caught up with Democratic candidate David Weprin last night and asked him what role he expects the big Democratic groups to play in these final heated days of the race, which has taken on an increasingly national tone and will certainly been seen as having national significance should Turner take the seat. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee already has dropped $500,000 on ads in the unexpectedly close race.
"Yeah, I read that," the New York State Assemblyman observed shortly after 10 p.m. last night outside Bet Shaul U'Miriam in south Brooklyn's Midwood section. "I read the same blogs you do," he said with a laugh. "We're not coordinating anything, and I have no idea the amount or degree."
Whatever help it has given, the DCCC also was curiously tone-deaf when it announced it would launch an ad the week before the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks showing Turner in a plane over the New York City skyline. The committee pulled the original ad and edited out that image.