From Weiner to Weprin
July 7th, 2011
The Queens and Brooklyn Democratic parties have reportedly selected State Assemblymember David Weprin as the party’s choice to replace Anthony Weiner as the Congress member from New York’s 9th District.
He will face an as yet to be determined Republican — and maybe a Conservative too — in a special election on Sept. 13. Although Democrats have held the seat for decades, Republicans hope they have an opening because of Weiner’s demise and, by New York City standards, a fairly high number of registered Republicans in the district.
Weprin served on the City Council where he chaired the powerful Finance Committee until he left to make an unsuccessful run for city comptroller, coming in fourth in a field of four. He then moved to the State Assembly, replacing his brother, Mark, who had been elected to his old council seat.
Weprin reportedly has said he would not try to run for a full term next year — a key issue since the district is likely to be redistricted out of its existence leaving meaning he would have had to take on another Queens incumbent if he wanted to stay in Washington. This could lead the way to Weprin’s making another bid for city office — comptroller, perhaps.
If Weprin wins on Sept. 13, there then could be yet another special election – that one to fill his Assembly seat. That post has been held by one member of the Weprin family or another since 1971.By Gail Robinson on July 7, 2011, 3:11 pm
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