New York - Brooklyn Democratic District Leader Claims Loss Due To Weprin's 1970s-Style Mustache
New York - Assemblyman David Weprin is blaming President Obama for his stunning 54‚Äď46 percent loss to former television executive Bob Turner on Tuesday, claiming that he would have won the southern Brooklyn district if the Commander in Chief was doing a better job ‚ÄĒ yet many say the Democrat sunk his own ship with several campaign missteps, as well as his refusal to shave off his 1970s-style mustache.
‚Äú[The election] turned into a referendum of the President and I was an unfortunate consequence,‚ÄĚ Weprin (D‚ÄďQueens) said during a Monday-morning quarterbacking session with this paper on Wednesday. ‚ÄúIf this election happened when the president‚Äôs poll results were better, I could have turned this around.‚ÄĚ
It would have been quite a feat: Weprin lost the Brooklyn side of the bi-borough district ‚ÄĒ with just 33 percent of borough voters pulling the lever for him ‚ÄĒ in the fight for disgraced Rep. Anthony Weiner‚Äôs seat. As the final numbers were tallied, Weprin was trailing by more than 4,000 votes on both sides of the district.
Weprin called Turner to concede the special election and congratulate his opponent on Wednesday morning. The victor acknowledged the President‚Äôs role in the election, according to Turner.
‚ÄúHe said ‚ÄėThe election wasn‚Äôt about you or me. It was beyond both of us.‚Äô ‚ÄĚ Weprin recalled.
Chaim Deutsch, president of the Flatbush Shomrim patrol, said Orthodox Jewish voters were outraged that Weprin ‚ÄĒ an Orthodox Jew himself ‚ÄĒ voted for gay marriage earlier this year.
‚ÄúThis race was less about Turner and more about gay marriage,‚ÄĚ Deutsch said. ‚Äú[Weprin] not only voted for gay marriage, but he posed with them and went to the gay pride parade. He went out of his way to show that he supported gay marriage, that‚Äôs why Orthodox residents went against him.‚ÄĚ
Sheepshead Bay Democratic District Leader Michael Gellar said that when Weprin did focus on the issues, he spoke about how the GOP-controlled Congress wanted to cut Social Security and Medicare ‚ÄĒ subjects that voters quickly tuned out.
‚Äú[Weprin] kept carrying on that Turner wanted to get rid of Medicare and Social Security. That would have worked a few months earlier when it was in the news ‚ÄĒ like it did when [Democrat] Kathy Hocul won a Republican seat upstate,‚ÄĚ said Gellar. ‚ÄúBut that was a one trick pony you can‚Äôt use over and over. People will start to resent you for it.‚ÄĚ
Another problem was as clear as the mustache on Weprin‚Äôs face ‚ÄĒ the Assemblyman should have shaved his ‚Äôstache, Gellar said.
‚ÄúPoliticians usually don‚Äôt have facial hair, because it looks like your hiding something,‚ÄĚ Gellar explained. ‚ÄúMustaches and beards stop people from seeing the real you.‚ÄĚ
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