In a major blow for Democrats, Republican Bob Turner pulled off a major upset in New York’s Ninth District. A Republican hasn’t held this seat since 1923. The GOP now takes custody of a district that President Obama carried with 55 percent of the vote in 2008.And to think, it was all over a crotch shot.
Turner beat Democratic assemblyman David Weprin, a guest on Monday’s edition of The Last Word, in the special election to replace former Rep. Anthony Weiner, who vacated the seat after sending saucy photos to women who were not his wife.
Weprin was an assemblyman who served two decades in public office. As for the winner? He served as the president of the production company that created the Jerry Springer Show.
RNC chairman Reinhold Priebus tweeted after the victory, “Congratulations to Congressman elect Turner on his landmark victory in NY-9! Tonight the voters overwhelmingly rejected the Obama agenda.”
DNC chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz played down the defeat as referendum on President Obama by telling reporters, “In this district, there is a large number of people who went to the polls tonight who didn’t support the president to begin with and don’t support Democrats — and it’s nothing more than that,” she said.
The district consists many Jewish and conservative-leaning voters.