NO HOUSE, NO HOME
No question about it: 2012 has been a very bad year for Rep. Bob Turner. A Republican, Turner made headlines in 2011 when he succeeded former Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., after his "sexting" scandal. But the state lost two seats in redistricting, and Albany mapmakers decided one of them would be Turner's. Left with nowhere to run, Turner decided he would try to unseat Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. No dice. Turner lost the June primary to Manhattan lawyer Wendy Long. But the worst was yet to come. This week, his home in the Breezy Point section of Queens burned down during Hurricane Sandy. Fire ravaged the beachfront community even though nearly 200 firefighters battled the blaze for more than nine hours. Turner handled the tragedy with class, thanking the "men and women who put their lives on the line" and pronouncing his gratitude "that my family and I are safe after this destructive storm." In Sandy's aftermath, he pledged to work to ensure that residents had access to needed services.
BIDEN IS SECOND IN COMMAND BUT FIRST IN FLIRTING
No one flirts with voters with quite the relish that Joe Biden brings to the task. Just last week, the vice president lingered in the lobby of a Hampton Inn in Springfield, Ohio, insisting on giving out candy to surprised guests. The next day, while having breakfast at a small country restaurant, he rewarded one woman with a bear hug after she said he looked slim. In Manchester, N.H., there was another hug for a young woman. "I want the record to show: She's under 50," Biden told reporters. "They say the only women that ever want to hug me are over 50." Two days later, there was more flirting, in Sarasota, Fla. At a meeting with campaign volunteers, he told one woman she had "a smile that lights up the whole headquarters" while he introduced another as "my new girlfriend." Amid the flirting, Biden signaled that he is already looking forward to the next campaign. In Sarasota, he was besieged by elderly women professing their love for him, one of whom confessed she had a Republican brother. Biden ordered her to get him on the phone, and the VP had a serious discussion with the man about health care. "When your insurance rates go down, then you'll vote for me in 2016," Biden predicted.