Don’t believe any spin you read out of the White House or the DNC. This is huge. It is a complete rejection of the president, and I guarantee you his campaign is as worried as a lamb at a kabob shop.
I’m from New York. My aunt lives in the district, which is in Queens, and I’ve been going there all my life. This place is as not Republican as it gets. In fact, it hasn’t been represented by a Republican since the time of Woodrow Wilson.
The latest returns in the special election for New York’s Ninth Congressional District – forced by the resignation of Twitter Flasher Rep. Anthony Weiner – give Republican Bob Turner a commanding 53 percent of the vote to Democrat David Weprin’s 47 percent.
Turner framed the race as a referendum on President Obama. Exit interviews suggest voters were intent on sending a message to Obama about the economy.
Turner also appealed to the district’s heavily Jewish population to make a statement as well on Obama’s poor treatment of Israel. Turner is Catholic while Weprin is Jewish, suggesting clearly that voters had Obama on their mind – they couldn’t really have been concerned about a Jewish congressman’s votes on Israel.
In 2010, a bad year for Democrats, Weiner defeated Turner by 20 points. The wave of anger at the president and his policies that brought about Republican control of the House seems even more intense today.
Democrats spent heavily and sent in big guns like Bill Clinton and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo to try to save the seat.
Obama stayed as far away as possible.