From the Daily News:
In a special election, voters are denied the chance to choose nominees, as they would in an open primary. And, because the district is overwhelmingly Democratic, hand-picked candidates like Weprin romp in a special election without true public scrutiny or competition.
He and his family are masters at getting themselves appointed to office. Consider:
Weprin's father, Saul Weprin, was a product of the Queens machine who rose to be Assembly speaker. When he died in 1994, the party anointed David's brother Mark in a special election.
In 2001, David ran for City Council. He faced opposition in a primary, but the machine made his only real rival a judge. David won in a walk.
In 2009, David entered the only competitive election of his career, running for city controller. He finished fourth out of four in the primary.
A campaign highlight: Asked by this page what the controller's budget was, he said: "What office? The controller's office? Ummm. Good question. The controller's office budget. Ummm . . ."
Since David's Council seat was then open and he was jobless, brother Mark came to the rescue by running for Council. Mark won, creating an Assembly vacancy, which the party boss filled, you guessed it, by making David the candidate in a special election.
And now, barring a GOP miracle, he will be off to Congress, never having won a true election in his entire career.
By the way, Crowley - who won his own seat in Congress by bypassing a primary - will then fill Weprin's vacated Assembly seat in yet another uncompetitive special election.
The voters be damned.