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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani smiles during a visit to the Manchester Harley Davidson store in Manchester, N.H., Thursday, July 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani smiles during a visit to the Manchester Harley Davidson store in Manchester, N.H., Thursday, July 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)  

Giuliani endorses Bob Turner in special election to replace Anthony Weiner

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has endorsed Republican Bob Turner in the special election to replace disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner, Turner’s campaign announced Monday.

Turner is running against New York State Assemblyman David Weprin.

“Congress is in dire need of business leaders like Bob Turner, not another career politician,” Giuliani said. “This country needs to start creating jobs again and Bob Turner has the national and international business know-how to help move us in that direction.”

Turner also has the endorsement of former New York City Mayor Ed Koch.

“Having Mayors Giuliani and Koch behind my candidacy is a tremendous momentum builder going into next month’s election,” said Turner of the endorsements. “Unlike my opponent, David Weprin, who supported the biggest property tax increase in city history, Mayor Giuliani understands, as I do, that middle class New Yorkers need jobs and tax relief. Career politicians like Mr. Weprin will never understand that.”

Giuliani opposes the construction of a mosque near Ground Zero, Turner said. He made this issue the focus of his first television ad.

“Bob Turner and his friends will do anything to distract voters from their radical plan to end Medicare and cut Social Security so they can protect tax breaks for millionaires and Big Oil,” shot back Weprin’s communications director Elizabeth Kerr. “At a time when we need leaders who will work to overcome the greatest challenges in a generation, Bob Turner is playing a reckless game of Tea Party politics and is trying to politicize 9/11 for his own personal gain.”

The endorsement from Giuliani is “helpful, but not [a] game changer,” a New York Republican political consultant told TheDC.

The special election in New York’s heavily Democratic 9th District is surprisingly close, according to a Siena poll last week, which found Turner trailing Weprin by just six points. Weprin leads Turner 48 percent to 42 percent.

That same poll found that 38 percent of New Yorkers would be more likely to support a candidate endorsed by Ed Koch. Just 15 percent said Koch’s endorsement would make them less likely to support his chosen candidate. Siena did not report similar numbers related to a Giuliani endorsement.

The election in New York’s Ninth Congressional District will be held on September 13.

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  • Tanyaken

    My son just quit his job in Manhattan and started with a new law firm in Miami.  His gross pay was $ 29,000.00 less in the new job, but his take home pay was only $ 56.00 less, per two week period .  So essentially same amount, but he is now living in an area of much lower rents, food, clothing.  Better schools and great weather.  Why is anybody still in NYC, esentially working to support profligate spending. New Yorkers mentality :  We pay everybody for just existing,  and we do not make anybody pay for their sins.   

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  • MJHBAMA

    It’d be good just to have a Congressman who’ll keep his shirt on when having pictures taken.  I did notice tho that Elizabeth Kerr is using the same book of asinine repartees authorized by the DNC.