New York Times backs Weprin, Slaps Koch
Mr. Turner argues that the federal budget needs to be cut by as much as a third. He also wants to lower taxes, especially on capital gains. He insists that that would not mean reducing benefits for those on Medicare and Social Security. That would take a magician, not a businessman.
If Mr. Turner gets his way, it would be impossible to spare anybody who relies on the government for benefits or to keep the air clean or their food safe.
Getting the Times endorsement was a necessary piece for Democrat David Weprin’s campaign, which was burdened by high expectations against an under-rated, two-time candidate in Turner.
(Turner gave Rep. Weiner a run for his money in 2010, a fact lost on many when they sized up this race a few months later. Also feeding the unrealistic notion that Turner would be easy to defeat, was the fact that he wasn’t the candidate Republicans were rallying around until the last minute.)
The real question now is how impactful will the Times endorsement be, compared to say, the Daily News or the New York Post, in NY-9, the second most Republican-leaning district in the city (behind only NY-13, which is actually represented by a Republican).