Turner and Weprin Trade Barbs in Fight for Weiner's Seat

By Forward Staff

Published September 07, 2011.
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Democrat David Weprin and Republican Bob Turner traded barbs on a radio show Tuesday just a week before they face off in a race for disgraced ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner’s old seat.

Touting an endorsement from ex-Gov. George Pataki, Turner has sought to make the special election a referendum on President Obama and especially his perceived lack of support for Israel.

His campaign is expecting to be endorsed Wednesday by Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a leader in the Orthodox community, the Daily News reported.

Weprin, an Orthodox Jew, is pushing back hard, trumpeting his own record of support for Israel. He has studiously avoided mentioning his support for Obama.

Weprin campaigned with Sen. Chuck Schumer and Gov. Andrew Cuomo spoke on his behalf.

“There are two names on the ballot and neither is Obama,” Cuomo told the paper. “So I think it is going to be a referendum on Weprin and Turner and I think Weprin wins that referendum.”

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