Wednesday, September 14, 2011. 7:15 AM
Supporters of a safe Israel, free-market advocates, foes of government acting overbearingly in the economy, those who believe marriage is between a man and a woman and other nonhopeychangey types were thrilled to learn the news late last night/early this morning from the State of New York’s 9th Congressional District.
In an unmistakable rebuke for Barack Obama and Democrats and a likely bellwether for 2012 races, residents of Brooklyn and Queens chose Republican cable-television executive Bob Turner over Democrat career-politician state assemblyman David Weprin in the election to fill a vacancy in the Brooklyn/Queens district. The vacancy resulted from the resignation of (married) former Democrat Congressman Anthony Weiner after a scandal involving his twittering of pictures of his private parts to females around the country, accusing others of hacking into his account and repeatedly falsely denying his actions.
With 87 percent of precincts reporting as of 2 A.M. this morning, Turner had received 54 percent of the vote to Weprin’s 46 percent. The Congressional district, which contains the fourth-largest number of Jews of any Congressional district, had been in the hands of Democrats since the 1920s. Besides Weiner, representatives elected from there in recent decades have included now-Senator Chuck Schumer and former Vice Presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro. In the district, registered Democrats outnumber registered Republicans by a 3-1 margin.
Among other things, the shocking election results reflect an increasingly widespread revulsion with “Jewish liberals,” such as Weprin, who claims to be observantly Jewish, in spite of the fact that he recently voted for a bill to establish clearly-at-odds-with-traditional-Judaism homosexual so-called marriage in the State of New York. People concerned foremost about the security of the State of Israel, even those registered as Democrats, have trended in recent years toward supporting Republican candidates. This is particularly the case currently, given the increasing obviousness of the implications of having someone with a long history of anti-Israel associations and actions (not to mention a Muslim father and Muslim upbringing) occupying the White House.
Reacting to the election news, Flatbush, Brooklyn resident Binyamin L. Jolkovsky, editor-in-chief of Jewish World Review, told New York Jewish Culture Examiner: “For too many in my corner of Brooklyn, it was a given that the person elected to be our representative in the House of Representatives would have to be a Democrat; an individual who — year after year, and decade after decade — did not in any way share the values our community cherishes. Turner’s win will have immense and immediate impact. At the very least, it has proven that voter apathy is a self-fulfilling prophecy. It also sends the message that action is the first step toward change.”
Retired independent investor Harry Wilson of Scarsdale, Westchester County, a (Greek-Orthodox Christian) Republican who narrowly lost a race for New York State Comptroller last November, told New York Jewish Culture Examiner: “Bob’s hard-fought but resounding win should be a wake-up call to the President. Bob deserves much credit for a strong campaign, but the reality is a conservative Republican couldn’t win this district without massive Democratic and Independent voter dissatisfaction with Washington.”
One (non-Orthodox) Jewish and very politically active donor based in the Philadelphia area sent an e-mail early this morning regarding the election. The e-mail included: “The vote, no matter how spun, was a repudiation of Obama’s policies toward Israel, the U.S.’s staunchest and most reliable ally. While the Court Jews are in full force pointing out nice things said about Obama by PM Netanyahu and Ambassador Oren, one need only look to the polls within Israel, where 4% of the population believes Obama is pro-Israel, to get the truth.”
Nnamdi Iheakaram, a Catholic Nigeria-born attorney living in South Orange, New Jersey was also pleased by Turner’s shocking win yesterday. Iheakaram said: “Turner’s victory in NY reflects a rejection of what has been foisted on the country in the last two and half years. It is evidence that the consistent message of conservatism will always win over the polls-defined principles of liberalism. I think Governor Palin was right, we should thank Barack.”
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