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Democrats Lose Weiner’s Seat to GOP

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Posted on Sep 14, 2011
AP / Mary Altaffer

Bob Turner, his wife Peggy and other family members celebrate his victory Tuesday night.

Voters in New York City’s 9th Congressional District elected Republican Bob Turner, a retired cable television executive from Queens, to the House seat vacated by disgraced Democrat Anthony Weiner in June. The district had been firmly under Democratic control since 1920.

Republicans and others see the election as a bad omen for President Obama and the Democratic Party. Some Democrats confessed to voting for Turner to signal their disapproval of Obama’s performance in the White House. —ARK

The New York Times:

The unexpectedly tight race stirred anxiety among Democrats already worried about elections next year for president, the House and the Senate. The Turner campaign had eagerly courted disenchanted Democrats, and outside polling places around the district on Tuesday, multiple longtime Democrats confessed that despite concern about Mr. Turner’s eagerness to slash federal spending, they chose him hoping that his election would get lawmakers’ attention.

“I am a registered Democrat, I have always been a registered Democrat, I come from a family of Democrats—and I hate to say this, I voted Republican,” said Linda Goldberg, 61, after casting her ballot in Queens. “I need to send a message to the president that he’s not doing a very good job. Our economy is horrible. People are scared.”

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By grumpynyker, September 15, 2011 at 10:22 am Link to this comment
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Happy Happy Joy Joy.  A NYC politician lost an election he thought was his birthright due to shared religious belief.  Maybe there is hope after all; politicians can no inherit office once held by deceased relatives not can they carpetbag into black/brown neighborhoods to snatch dollars to give to ethnic/religious groups living outside them.  Back to the CIA spook Barry Soetero; his Milton Friedman/Reagan policies are destroying Amerikkka.  Between the illegal “wars” steering billions to the MIC/corporations;the overt destruction of public schools in favor of for-profit charter schools.  Government jobs/contracts are being stripped of wages/benefits then.  Jim Yell is correct; I’m writing in NONE OF THE ABOVE for all future elections.

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By johnp07, September 15, 2011 at 5:47 am Link to this comment
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People didn’t switch over to the GOP whose approval numbers are rock bottom (stop giving legs to GOP propaganda): voter turnout was just too low (at best 30% as far as I can tell). It certainly doesn’t bode well for 2012. That is what happens when no pol represent the people, people stop voting.

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By doublestandards/glasshouses, September 14, 2011 at 3:27 pm Link to this comment
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Obama wasn’t on the ballot.

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By Jim Yell, September 14, 2011 at 12:53 pm Link to this comment
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No you vote for a third party or write in, you don’t vote for either of them. In fact the idea that they voted Republican as an alternate, now that is scary!

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By gadfly, September 14, 2011 at 12:40 pm Link to this comment
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I LOVE IT!! Progressivism/socialism takes another huge hit in the USA.

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By Steve E, September 14, 2011 at 12:27 pm Link to this comment

So I’m gonna vote for Obama so that he can shit in my nest?

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By bobi6, September 14, 2011 at 11:50 am Link to this comment
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Problem is the Republicans message so much better than
the Dems and Obama doesn’t do it at all. He gives good
speeches but as far as I can see he will lose in 2012 because
so many of us feel the way those voters in NY’s 9th District.

Even now Obama is working on cutting Medicare and he has
lousy advisors I sometimes feel he doesn’t want to be re-
elected. The Democrats could win on the issue of Social
SEcurity, Medicare and Medicaid but Obama has weakened
that strategy so much that probably won’t work for the
Democrats. I understand many congressional Dems are
opposing him messing with Medicare now. Even before his
Health CAre reform plan get implemented. He is more or
less admitting failure than his plan will stop cut the costs of
Medicare. By joining the Republicans and following their lead
on so many issues he has blown it and by not fighting for
the middle class, the elderly, the sick he has nothing else to
campaign on.

We know the REpublicans will cut cut cut and probably
dismantle Medicare but Obama is doing the same thing by
more cuts. Medicare cannot be cut to bare bones because
the program cannot sustain any more cuts.

I still ask, What is the matter with our president? Can he
really be stupid enough to still believe he can achieve
bipartisanship after all that has happened?  Is he a planted
shill for the Republicans or was he so unprepared to be a
president and is still overwhelmed by the job.

I don’t know but I do think Americans would really like to
know what he thinks, how he feels (if he feels) and explain
some of his policy decisions and why he has purposely
ignored the blight of the middle and poor. We used to think
he had some wise strategy - just wait people said to me but
in the long run I have been right in my suspicions and he
just can’t set himself straight nor does he have the needed
temperament to fight. What an ambitious naive man he was
and is.

After all that seeing lifetimes democrats vote Republican
shocked me and the result shocked me. I admit I had no
intention of voting for Obama and I now see I am not alone
but the thought of one of the Republican candidates in the
WH is just too disturbing. They are the most poorly informed
people I have ever seen. Rick Perry hasn’t even noticed that
pray did not end the Texas drought.

And what happened to the American people? Cheering for
killing 234 people. Demanding that people without
insurance should be left to die. What is happening to us?

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By doublestandards/glasshouses, September 14, 2011 at 10:58 am Link to this comment
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Why do democrats think that the best way to send Obama a message is to vote for republicans?  Birds don’t shit in their nests.

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