In an upset special election, Republican Bob Turner defeated Democrat Assemblyman David Weprin for New York’s 9th Congressional District seat, according to the AP. The seat was held by former Congressman Anthony Weiner who resigned this summer following a scandal on Twitter.
After a taking a phone call with Speaker of the House John Boehner, Ohio Republican, Mr. Turner spoke to his joyous supporters at his victory party about President Obama’s irresponsible economic fiscal policy and foreign policy towards Israel. “Maybe we started something. I hope so.” New York’s 9th CD has been represented by a Democrat since 1923.
Democrats played down what they knew would be a loss in this district earlier on Tuesday and prepared spin for the likely victory of the newly elected Republican lawmaker who is scheduled to join Congress on Thursday.
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, Maryland Democrat, told reporters on Tuesday morning that he does not believe the race in New York’s 9th Congressional District is a “predictor” of Democrats’ political fortunes in 2012. When asked about this before final results came in he said:
“Well, the special election, I don’t know what is going to happen in the special election. You are right, it is closer than we would like to have it be and much closer than anybody thought it would be,” said Mr. Hoyer. “This is a district that has an overwhelming Democratic registration, obviously, just as the 26th in New York has a very heavily Republican. Obviously that is not necessarily this year a predictor of what the outcome is going to be.”
Hoyer, “But we ought not get lost in the individual races, whether it is the 26th or the 9th or Nevada in the special elections. We have been pretty successful in the special elections over the years, as you know.”
The White House also reportedly had their own spin prepared for the loss in New York, according to National Journal:
Democratic officials and President Obama’s advisers expect Weprin to lose the election to upstart Republican Bob Turner in the contest to fill the 9th District seat vacated by Democrat Anthony Weiner.