Monday, August 29, 2011

Weprin wimps out of debate

From the Gotham Gazette:

Democratic congressional candidate and State Assemblymember David Weprin has withdrawn from tonight’s scheduled debate with his GOP rival, Bob Turner. The two men are locked in a tough contest to succeed Anthony Weiner in the Ninth Congressional District in Brooklyn and Queens.

Robert Holden president of the Juniper Park Civic Association, cosponsor of the debate, said he checked in with Weprin’s campaign earlier today and was told “logistics” would make it impossible for Weprin to appear in Middle Village tonight.

“The hurricane caused major logistical and scheduling problems for the campaign and thus David is not able to make the debate this evening,” Weprin campaign spokesperson, Liz Kerr said in an emailed statement.

Holden, though, was not accepting the hurricane as a reason for Weprin’s change in plans. “This stinks to high heaven,” Holden said.

He said the candidate’s people had been voicing concern about the debate for the past week, expressing fear it could get disorderly and pressing for a forum instead of an actual debate. Holden said he had promised that the debate would be well run – no placards allowed and some police on hand – but he added, “I can’t guarantee you’re not going to get tough questions.”

The cancellation “is going to backfire for Weprin big time, “Holden said. “Anybody who would do this would not be a straight shooter in Congress.”


From the NY Post:

Maureen Walthers, publisher of the Queens weekly, called Weprin a “coward” and a “worm” for being a no-show.

“What is he afraid of?” she asked. “Stand up and answer the questions!”

“I hope Weprin doesn’t win,” she said. “Shame on him. He’s making Weiner look good.”

33 comments:

Anonymous said...

Fatal mistake...

Anonymous said...

What is he afraid of?

Anonymous said...

“The hurricane caused major logistical and scheduling problems for the campaign and thus David is not able to make the debate this evening,” Weprin campaign spokesperson, Liz Kerr said in an emailed statement.

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translation: Weprin's hairpiece isn't back from the dry cleaners!!!

A Better NYC said...

A typical move for a career politician.

No accountability.

None.

Zero.

When the going gets tough, career politicians hide.

Anonymous said...

david weprin :SON OF SAUL,the forced busing queens democrat,speaker of the assembly in 1975. another socialist loser.

Anonymous said...

Last year they stopped nearly every debate between moron Ed Braunstein and his smarter Democratic rivals and then again against Republican Vincent Tabone. They had to hide the fact that Braunstein is a special interest owned idiot.

Anonymous said...

The Hurricane excuse is BS. If it were a fund raiser for him, he'd be there.
I live in Sheepshead Bay , and I was on the fence, but now I defintely voting for Turner.

Anonymous said...

The problem is he's probably on a tropical island vacation and can't get back to NYC for the debate because the airports are closed.

I'm not sure though what would be worse - admitting to not being in town or admitting to being afraid. At least if he was out of town on some sort of 'business trip' and could prove it, offering to reschedule, it would look more tolerable...

Anonymous said...

OMG! Braunstein is dumb!

Anonymous said...

translation: Weprin's hairpiece isn't back from the dry cleaners!!!

He shoulda asked Christine Quimm where she gets her carpet cleaned. It should be a matter of pubic record.

Anonymous said...

Weprin can't take a few hecklers.

In contrast to Turner who posed for photos in front of Weprin supporters before last week's debate.

Anonymous said...

Braunstein won and tab one lost, right ? Ok, just checking.

Anonymous said...

How stupid are we that we keep voting these losers into office......

Anonymous said...

He ran out of his antidepressant medication or whatever meds he's on.
A loser.
Ever check out his facial expressions? Weird.
But keep wearing your yarmulka to try and keep the Jewish vote...

Anonymous said...

I'm a registered active democrat voter and I haven't received one piece of mail from weprin. I'm not voting for him. turner has my vote this time around

Anonymous said...

I've received about 10 pieces of mail from Weprin. Better check up on your mailman. A few years ago I caught my mailman dumping a housing info mailing from our Councilwoman. 500 of them dumped.

Anonymous said...

Weprin doesn't have to debate. The Teachers' Union as well as the other unions, gay activists, and the board of elections, will make sure that he wins.

Anonymous said...

he gets more free publicity this way. Weprin is NOT dumb. he was the only council member to go up against Bloomberg and defeated Bloomie's plan to charge drivers to enter Manhattan anywhere below 96th Street.

Weprin would have made a much better comptroller than John Lui. He has experience in the banking commission.

Christine Q said...

Who's the hot chick in the background?

Anonymous said...

Weprin is a wimp. I'm voting for Turner. However, if Turner wins, watch the powers that be eradicate his seat because of the census count. Isn't this Weiner's seat? Why have an expensive election if they are getting rid of the seat anyway?

Anonymous said...

weprin has a problem in this election but have no fear

matthew silverstein the powerhouse rising star will come to the rescue

matt silverstein for city council
restore honor back to the democratic party

Anonymous said...

Who's going to vote for a Jewish Democrat in Middle Village anyway? It would have been a waste of Weprins' time. All of his audience of possible voters reside east of Woodhaven Boulevard.

Anonymous said...

Hell hath no fury like a Holden scorned.

Look out Weprin. Midville Bobby Boy is on the warpath.

Anonymous said...

"Who's going to vote for a Jewish Democrat in Middle Village anyway?"

You'd probably have be happier if the Weprin vs. Turner debate had been scheduled for the the West Forest Hills Jewish Center which, by the way, is located in Middle Village.

What a maroon!

Kevin Walsh said...

He was taken aback by the pushback he got at the first debate. He's not appearing with Bob Turner again at any debate.

www.forgotten-ny.com

Anonymous said...

Silverstein? Are you kidding? He's just a county piss boy!

Anonymous said...

Brunstein beat Tabone because his lobbyist uncle Brian Meara's clients bought him the seat.

Tabone knew every issue and Braunstein is a complete moron! The Dems wanted an idiot puppet for Shelly Silver. Braunstein is incapable of thinking for himself.

Dumbest pol in New York!

Anonymous said...

It's time to breakup the Do-nothing Weprin dynasty.
NO MORE WEPRINs IN NYC POLITICS!!

Anonymous said...

State Assembly member David Weprin was seen at Queensborough Community College Friday night checking out the storm prep work for hurricane Irene. I even saw his staff members take photos of him with the OEM staff. He cared enough to be out checking on his constituents well being.

Anonymous said...

He was also seen at a synagogue hobnobbing last night when he was supposed to be at the debate. I guess he's no friend to Gentiles.

Anonymous said...

Hey skippy: I'm a dem and a longtime union member.........no votes for weprin in this family.

Vernon Malcolm said...

Pop Bessup introduced Pettibone and Leprin to the guy who bribed them, just as his protege Vance Tipone introduced Oglebone and Semenoreo to their bribers. Queens has its own bunch of Abramovs.

Anonymous said...

Done!