Oct 30th - 3:28 pm
Rep. Bob Turner phoned in to NY1 earlier this afternoon, saying he and his wife will be OK after last night’s storm and resulting fire destroyed their Breezy Point home.
“I’ll get through this,” Turner said. “My wife and I are pretty tough cookies. This is disappointing, but we can look aronud us and say this could been a lot worse and for some others it really is.”
The fire, which impacting about 80 homes in the area, also destroyed the home of Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long.
Turner also praised the work of first responders who are now aiding in the cleanup.
“We’re getting a lot of help. The emergency management team from the city has been first rate,” he said.
Turner said that communications have been an issue, which is very true. Reaching people down in the city today is difficult as cell phones have gone directly to voice mail when I’ve tried reaching sources down there today.
“The only big problem we have is the communications problems — cell phones, texting — just don’t work when we get to emergencies or overload. It is something that we have to get to,” he said.
Oct 30th - 2:07 pm
Rep. Bob Turner, whose Breezy Point home was destroyed in a fire during last night’s storm, urged New Yorkers in a statement this afternoon to help those impacted by the storm and thanked first responders.
Roughly 80 homes, including that of Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long, were destroyed in the fast-moving blaze.
Neither Turner or Long were injured.
“My thoughts and prayers are with all of my fellow New Yorkers and the many others who are experiencing loss as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Last night’s storm showed once again that the professionalism and bravery of our first responders is second to none. I want to commend the men and women who put their lives on the line everyday in order to keep others safe.
Times like these create tremendous obstacles. However, by working together we will ensure that the power is restored and our neighborhoods are rebuilt. I will be working with FEMA and other officials in the coming days to ensure that residents have access to the assistance they need. I would encourage people to go to my website or Facebook page to find information on how to contact emergency services.
I, along with many other Breezy Point residents, lost our homes last night and I am grateful that my family and I are safe after this destructive storm. I hope you will join me in lending a hand to those who were less fortunate and keep everyone impacted by this storm in your thoughts and prayers.”
Oct 30th - 12:32 pm
The homes of both Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long and outgoing GOP Rep. Bob Turner were destroyed as a fire caused by Hurricane Sandy swept through their Breezy Point neighborhood.
Neither man was injured in the fire that caused widespread devastation in the area. Long was apparently not home at the time of the fire.
Nearly 100 homes were destroyed in the fire.
Long and Turner are practically next-door neighbors and formed a tight political bond during the congressman’s victory in a special election replace Rep. Anthony Weiner.
The story was first reported by Crain’s and a local blog True News and confirmed by Long’s office and Turner’s spokesman.
Long told Crain’s that “The houses aren’t even burnt. They’re completely gone.”
Turner’s office plans to release a statement this afternoon.
Aug 14th - 11:00 am
Republican Senate candidate Wendy Long today received the backing of her former primary foe, Rep. Bob Turner, who called her a candidate with “conviction, intellect and the drive” to tackle national issues.
“In November, New Yorkers will have a clear choice between a most unserious type liberal who favors higher taxes and government intervention versus a commonsense conservative who believes in limited government, individual freedom and private sector initiative,” Turner said in a statement.
Turner, a Republican star when he upset Democrat David Weprin in an upset special election to replace the disgraced Rep. Anthony Weiner, had held himself up during his subsequent Senate candidacy as the most electable candidate in the field.
He was also more moderate than Long, who criticized his call for seeking broader compromises with Democrats on taxes and spending in Washington.
But Turner’s Senate candidacy — which he committed to after it became clear that his Congressional district would be gerrymandered out of existence — angered some New York Republicans because he had pledged to seek re-election to the House.
For her part, Long this morning praised Turner as “an authentic America hero.”
“Eleven months ago, Bob shocked the world with his election to Congress and put the Obama administration on notice that the Democrat liberal orthodoxy has gone too far,” Long said. “This November, we will shock the world again and finish the work Bob started.”
Jul 10th - 11:51 am
Much speculation has surrounded NYC Councilman Simcha Felder’s political loyalties since he announced his intention to run for the new so-called Super Jewish Senate district in Brooklyn.
Felder is a registered Democrat and is running on the Democratic line, (NOTE: He also is facing a primary challenge from a fellow Democrat, Abraham Tischler), but he has a history of alliances with Republicans – most notably, Mayor Bloomberg (back before he switched his enrollment for the second time and became an independent).
There have been reports that Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos is tacitly supporting Felder, even though freshman Sen. David Storobin, who complicated things for the GOP by winning a long-fought special election against Democratic NYC Councilman Lew Fidler for ex-Sen. Carl Kruger’s soon-to-be nonexistent seat, has said he plans to run, too.
Now comes a tidbit that will no doubt further fuel talk that Felder is a GOP sympathizer: He has been in talks with consultant E. O’Brien Murray to run his campaign this fall.
Felder told me during a brief phone interview that he has “been talking to a lot of people” – including Murray – and hasn’t yet made any campaign hires.
Murray is a former Pataki administration aide who is perhaps best known for master-minding Rep. Bob Turner’s surprise win in last year’s special election for ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner’s Democrat-dominated Queens/Brooklyn seat. Turner, as you’ll recall, defeated Democratic Assemblyman David Weprin in that race.
Turner drew the short straw in the redistricting process when the Senate Republicans failed to reach a deal with the Assembly Democrats that would have protected his district, NY-9, from being eliminated.
The court-drawn plan merged his district into surrounding districts, leaving him three choices: Run in nearby NY-6, which was represented by retiring Rep. Gary Ackerman; end his very short – but high-profile – political career; or seek another office to run for.
Turner opted for choice number three and joined the GOP US Senate primary just before the party’s convention in Rochester. He was banking on his name recognition downstate to boost turnout and national prominence to help with fundraising.
The strategy didn’t work, and Turner lost the primary to attorney Wendy Long, (although he did beat Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos). NOTE: A read correctly points out that O’Brien ran Turner’s unsuccessful Senate bid, so he’s 1 for 1, as far as the congressman’s political career is concerned.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Jerry Nadler and 130 other Democrats filed an amicus brief in a case challenging the constitutionality of DOMA.
Now Long is preparing to face off against Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in the November general election, Turner is preparing to re-retire, and O’Brien is looking for a new meal ticket.
The USDA launched an on-line “Super Tracker” to help people keep up with their food intake and exercise.
Jun 26th - 5:03 pm
Rep. Bob Turner’s Hail Mary pass in today’s GOP US Senate primary comes in the form of a robocall recorded by former Staten Island BP Guy Molinari, who revisits the Queens congressman’s greatest political triumph: His longshot victory in last year’s special election for former Rep. Anthony Weiner’s seat.
This more or less encapsulates Turner’s entire rationale for running (well, that and the fact that his GOP buddies in the state Senate couldn’t come to an agreement with the Assembly Democrats on how to save his district when it came time to draw new lines).
Turner has argued that his big win against Democratic Assemblyman David Weprin in Weiner’s old Democrat-dominated Brooklyn/Queens district, which drew national attention and made him an overnight GOP sensation, afforded him more name recognition than his two primary opponents, attorney Wendy Long and Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos, and makes him a better general election challenger to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
Long is banking on a strong showing upstate, and Maragos is counting on Nassau County GOP Chairman Joe Mondello to turn out the vote for him.
But since turnout is expected to be dismally low, this really could be anyone’s race.
Here’s the full script of the Molinari call:
“Hello this is Guy Molinari. I am calling about today’s Republican primary. I know that you never miss a vote and I hope that you continue that great voting record by voting today.”
“Remember when Congressman Bob Turner shocked the country by winning Anthony Weiner’s seat in Congress? Well Conservative Republican Bob Turner took on President Obama and won! Now he’s running for the U.S. Senate.”
“This is former Borough President Guy Molinari and I’m calling on you to remind you to vote for Bob Turner today. Bob Turner is a businessman – a true citizen legislator. Rudy Giuliani and I are voting for him today, and we need you to do likewise. So please take a minute out and vote for Bob Turner today. Polls are open until 9p p.m.”
“Thank you very much.”
Jun 25th - 2:57 pm
Support from Buffalo businessman and political firebrand can indeed be a double-edged sword.
A tweet late yesterday from Albany County Republican Chairman Don Clarey (retweeted today by Rep. Bob Turner’s strategist Bill O’Reilly) throws that fact into relief.
Clarey is referencing Paladino’s push to dislodge the current Senate Republican leadership and jettison Majority Leader Dean Skelos from power. Skelos, along with Rep. Peter King, are the de facto elected leaders of the Republican Party in New York.
Paladino has said and done plenty of controversial things since he became known to a broader swath of New Yorkers two years ago.
Still, I’m not sure if Paladino’s anti-Skelos stance really will move the needle for Turner or stoke enough moderate establishment backlash against Long. If anything, it could help Long with the more conservative elements of the party upset with the Long Island Republican’s compromises with a popular Democratic governor.
Updated: Long spokesman David Catalfamo responds via twitter (where else?) to Clarey’s tweet, noting that his candidate has locked up a number of state Senate GOPers.
Jun 24th - 5:24 pm
Republican Senate candidates Wendy Long and Bob Turner opened up a new fissure in the primary race on Sunday, with the Long campaign filing a complaint over a robocall from ex-Mayor Rudy Giuliani made on behalf of Turner.
Long announced Sunday she was filing a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission alleging that the robocall violated the law.
Specifically, the Long campaign says the robocall fails to include a message that states the nature of the call and the name of the person on behalf the message is being given.
The ad can be viewed here.
Here’s an angry quote from Long’s campaign manager, Robert Ryan:
“It’s always shocking when a sitting Congressman doesn’t know the law,” Ryan said in a statement. “Congress passed this law to protect consumers and voters alike so that they can choose whether or not to listen to a call – Turner for New York is duping voters by failing to use the proper disclaimer.”
The Turner campaign, meanwhile, seemed thrilled Sunday afternoon that their candidate’s main opponent is highlight a key endorsement.
And they say the Long people are just jealous that Giuliani, perhaps the most high-profile Republican in New York, chose to back the other guy.
From the Turner campaign:
Manhattan lawyer Wendy Long dislikes Mayor Giuliani’s endorsement of Bob Turner so much, in fact, that she is working to block Mr. Giuliani’s endorsement telephone calls by filing a false complaint with the FCC. The Long campaign is preposterously suggesting that the calls don’t make it clear that Mayor Giuliani is making the calls on behalf of and at the expense of Congressman Bob Turner’s campaign.
So what’s happening here? Well, it’s two days before the primary, one in which voter turnout is expected to be very, very low.
Point scoring and oxygen is vitally needed by all three primary campaigns, including that of Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos — especially since voter polls show most New Yorkers are in the middle of yawning when asked about the GOP Senate primary.
Long, a judicial activist, has scored a broad swath of the conservative pundits and bold-faced names in the race, but the backing of Giuliani was an important get for Turner.
Jun 22nd - 11:45 am
Congressman Bob Turner’s attempt to show support for the city of Syracuse in its budget travails is drawing fire from Onondaga County’s GOP chairman.
Turner’s campaign issued a statement saying….
“…Turner today warned President Barack Obama that many more cities, including Syracuse, NY, and counties, including Nassau and Rockland, will face effective bankruptcy within two or three years if the U.S. economy is allowed to slip back into a recession. Syracuse will be dead broke within two years, its mayor Stephanie Miner announced yesterday, if it doesn’t get financial relief…
…We know the problems and they are serious,” Congressman Turner said. “Years of overspending and exorbitant pension costs, compounded by a staggering recession, have left many of our local governments on life support. But now we need to focus on solutions as a nation. We cannot raise taxes — that will only further weaken a debilitated economy — so we must adopt a pro-growth national agenda to create the tax revenue to stabilize teetering municipalities. If we were to slip back into a recession, it would be devastating to municipalities that are only getting by week-by-week today.”
The statement evoked some criticism from Tom Dadey, who heads the Onondaga County republican party and was the first republican leader to back Turner rival Wendy Long’s bid for the Senate.
Turner has been MIA in the Syracuse area during the campaign (perhaps because of the lack of support among party leaders in the area). Dadey, referring back to a brief campaign blip over the Turner campaign’s misspelling of Binghamton in an announcement of a visit there..(the spelling given was “Binghampton”)…says, “The one positive thing is, he knows how to spell Syracuse correctly.”
Dadey went on to blast the Turner statement saying it simply calls for more government spending, not tax and spending cuts.
Jessica Proud, a Turner spokeswoman offered this response…..
“We welcome Mr. Dadey’s input, but urge him to actually read Congressman Turner’s statement. The congressman is urging the President to cut spending and taxes so that cities like Syracuse can regrow their business base. No Republican chairman can responsibly disagree with that. If we don’t move this economy forward with a pro-job-growth federal agenda, cities and counties across New York are going to be in trouble.”
Jun 19th - 1:43 pm
Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani continues to help Rep. Bob Turner’s campaign for US Senate – cutting a robocall for him. Giuliani’s help is playing into Turner’s strategy of convincing more moderate Republicans in the New York City area to come out and support him on June 26th. His two rivals, Wendy Long and Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos have both been targeting the more conservative voters.
The call highlights his shocking congressional win and makes the case that Turner is the only candidate who can win statewide. Here’s the script.
If we’re going to grow ourselves out of this hole
If we’re going to get this country back to work, we’re going to need senators in Washington like Bob Turner
This is Rudy Giuliani and I’m supporting Bob Turner in the important June 26th primary because Bob Turner will bring decades of real world experience to the senate
But more than that, Bob Turner is a Republican who can win statewide in New York
He shocked the world last year by sending a message to Obama and winning a congressional seat that had been held by Democrats since 1923
And he’ll do it again this November, if we all get behind him.
Bob Turner is the only candidate who can beat Kirsten Gillibrand
This is Rudy Giuliani and I’m supporting Bob Turner in the Republican Primary for United States Senate on Tuesday, June 26th
Thank you very much