Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Weprin running scared?
From City Hall:
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is said to be in panic mode over the prospect of David Weprin losing to Bob Turner in the special election for the Ninth Congressional District. An accumulation of gaffes, bad press and too-close-for-comfort poll numbers have fueled this perception. Even House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is said to be raising money for the campaign, though has yet to commit to headlining a fundraiser.
As one of the lone special elections in an otherwise dreary political year, the race is being held up as a bellwether for everything from President Obama’s re-election efforts, to the administration’s policies toward Israel, to the public’s fears about the economy, to gay marriage. But for many New York Democrats, the race is much simpler: an unexpectedly tight race in a reliably Democratic district.
“The DCCC is definitely panicking,” said one New York Democratic operative. “Even Nancy Pelosi is raising money to avoid the embarrassment of Weprin losing.”