Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has endorsed Republican Bob Turner in the special election to replace disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner in New York’s 9th District.
Turner, a successful businessman with a background in the television industry, is squaring off against Democratic New York State Assemblyman David Weprin in the Sept. 13 election.
“Congress is in dire need of business leaders like Bob Turner, not another career politician,” Giuliani said.
“This country needs to start creating jobs again and Bob Turner has the national and international business know-how to help move us in that direction.”
Turner has also won an endorsement from Democratic former New York Mayor Ed Koch.
Giuliani said: “I’m proud to join Mayor Ed Koch and others in endorsing Bob Turner for Congress, and I strongly urge Brooklyn and Queens residents to vote for him on September 13th.”
Turner said: “It is a great honor to be endorsed by two great New York mayors — one a Democrat and one a Republican.
“Having Mayors Giuliani and Koch behind my candidacy is a tremendous momentum builder going into next month’s election. Unlike my opponent, David Weprin, who supported the biggest property tax increase in city history, Mayor Giuliani understands, as I do, that middle-class New Yorkers need jobs and tax relief. Career politicians like Mr. Weprin will never understand that.”
Turner has been an outspoken opponent of the construction of a mosque near Ground Zero in Manhattan, The Daily Caller reported. Giuliani also opposes the mosque, while Weprin supports it, according to Yeshiva World News.
The 9th District is solidly Democratic, but a new Siena Research poll shows Turner trailing Weprin but just 6 percentage points, 48 to 42 percent.
Turner ran against Weiner in 2010 and got 41 percent of the vote. Weiner resigned in June over revelations that he had sent sexually explicit photos of himself to several women.
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