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A Democratic source has confirmed that Assemblyman David Weprin is going to be the Democrats candidate in the special election for NY-9, the seat that is vacant following Anthony Weiner’s resignation.

Weprin is going to be meeting with Democrats in the district tonight and the paperwork certifying him as the candidate will be filed tomorrow.

The source tells CapTon that Weprin was picked because he is the “most loyal” to the Queens Democratic party — which basically picks the candidate for the special election because close to 70% of the weighted vote is in Queens.

More from Politicker:

The Queens Democratic County Organization just selected David Weprin to be the party’s nominee for the congressional seat vacated by Anthony Weiner.

Weprin is a freshman Assemblywman who served two terms in the City Council as its Finance Chairman before coming in last place in the Democratic primary for City Comptroller in 2009.

His father was Speaker of the Assembly for many years and his brother — a former Assemblyman — now holds David’s seat in the Council. He’s wonky, prone to long explanations about complicated financial matters, and has not carved out a maverick persona for himself, benefiting, rather, from close ties to one of the city’s strongest political machines.

Weprin seems like a strong candidate for us, while the Republicans are left with a quartet of second choices. It also seems like, as is often the case, the Conservative Party will serve as the tail that wags the dog: Queens Conservative chair Tom Long said his party will back 2010 candidate Bob Turner. If the GOP doesn't get behind Turner as well, their already-not-great chances of nabbing this seat will get slimmer.

UPDATE: A good piece showcasing Weprin's lack of fear when it comes to throwing a punch.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Thu Jul 07, 2011 at 08:45 AM PDT.

Also republished by New York City, Progressive Hippie, and Daily Kos.

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  •  Weprin (5+ / 0-)

    He seems like a solid candidate according to his bio, which of course is written by his own staff but looks like it has a lot of items that he could campaign on.

    SSP poster. 41, CA-5, -0.25/-3.90

    by sacman701 on Thu Jul 07, 2011 at 08:49:57 AM PDT

  •  His Vote-Smart Bio (1+ / 0-)
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    I like what I see!

  •  He's from the eastern part of NY-09 (1+ / 0-)
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    Which means he most likely gets drawn into Ackerman's, not Crowley's, new district.

    NY-12 resident, lives across the street from NY-14

    by Bobby Big Wheel on Thu Jul 07, 2011 at 09:09:22 AM PDT

  •  so the merry-go-round continues (1+ / 0-)
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    David Weprin was on the City Council, but left to lose a race for Comptroller in 2009. He was replaced on the city council by his brother Mark Weprin. Then he replaced his brother in the New York State Assembly.

    So if he goes to Congress, does he get his wife or another brother to serve out his term in the Assembly? does he return to the Assembly after his half-term in Congress?


    I guess due to term limits (which may be somewhat effective in 2013), they couldn't pick Mark Weprin, and then have David Weprin run for the NYC Council.

    The Republican Party isn't a party of small government, it's a party of a government for the few. @bhindepmo

    by RBH on Thu Jul 07, 2011 at 09:28:49 AM PDT

    •  Why couldn't David Weprin run? (0+ / 0-)

      If he already served the maximum allowable number of consecutive terms, is there a lifetime ban on running again (as with the constitutional amendment relating to the presidency), or do you just have to take at least one term off in between?

      Formerly Pan on Swing State Project

      by MichaelNY on Thu Jul 07, 2011 at 09:51:23 AM PDT

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      •  Pretty sure it's term-off (3+ / 0-)
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        BLOOMBERG 2017!!!

        (Please kill me)

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        by David Nir on Thu Jul 07, 2011 at 09:54:41 AM PDT

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        •  I think NYC term limits rules are whatever (4+ / 0-)
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          MichaelNY, wader, happymisanthropy, sawolf

          the council wants them to be. After all, it's not like the voters who will vote 2-1 for term limits will be able to vote out the people who undermine term limits.

          The Republican Party isn't a party of small government, it's a party of a government for the few. @bhindepmo

          by RBH on Thu Jul 07, 2011 at 10:06:13 AM PDT

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          •  Heh (6+ / 0-)

            Term limits are stupid anyway.

            Ok, so I read the polls.

            by andgarden on Thu Jul 07, 2011 at 10:36:17 AM PDT

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            •  yeah (5+ / 0-)

              but I can't be the only term limits skeptic who dislikes it when elected officials try to undermine voter-imposed term limits legislatively.

              Who knows what kind of anarchy would ensue in New York if they went to filing fees instead of petition circulating for primaries? They'd probably need to work on their "entire ballot on one page" law (constitutional provision?) that has caused problems since it's a leftover of the voting machines.

              It's not the worst NYS election thing. One of the worst if that their elections site is stuck in the late 90s and doesn't really post much info online for upcoming elections or past elections.

              I can rank states based on how much election info they provide for anybody who is bored.

              The Republican Party isn't a party of small government, it's a party of a government for the few. @bhindepmo

              by RBH on Thu Jul 07, 2011 at 10:54:45 AM PDT

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              •  Philadelphia just started posting (1+ / 0-)
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                unofficial results a couple of years ago. Before that they had a site with a private password that was accessible to only a select few.


                Ok, so I read the polls.

                by andgarden on Thu Jul 07, 2011 at 10:56:55 AM PDT

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                •  hopefully Stephanie Singer has enough power to (1+ / 0-)
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                  change that and enough power to photocopy old results and post them on the site.

                  But I think the last place finisher for state sites (and other information online) is Mississippi. New Mexico moved away from last place (even with a Rep Sec of State) recently by posting more stuff.

                  NH has stuff on So does Massachusetts.

                  I think a bottom 5 would be New York, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, Indiana, and maybe North Dakota. Kind of hard to pick a 5th worst there and ND only goes back to 2000.

                  Occasionally people suggest that New York State start posting election night tallies. But nothing really gets far there.

                  The Republican Party isn't a party of small government, it's a party of a government for the few. @bhindepmo

                  by RBH on Thu Jul 07, 2011 at 11:11:48 AM PDT

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              •  I agree (2+ / 0-)
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                I'm very much opposed to term limits, and I even voted against the when it came up again in 2009. But I was pretty furious with Bloombo and the craven council for such self-serving shit.

                Political Director, Daily Kos

                by David Nir on Thu Jul 07, 2011 at 11:11:28 AM PDT

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        •  Actually because of the term limit extention (1+ / 0-)
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          David Welprin could have ran in 2009. In fact if he wins the election to Congress, his brother Mark could take back his old Assembly seat and then David could run for his old council seat back in Nov 2012!

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          by izengabe on Thu Jul 07, 2011 at 10:26:02 AM PDT

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  •  Could Turner beat Weprin? (2+ / 0-)
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    MichaelNY, wader

    I'm hesitant to count Turner out, because he got 40% in 2010, and I believe can self fund.

  •  Is he willing to continue pressing the issue (2+ / 0-)
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    pollbuster, happymisanthropy

    of Clarence Thomas's financial disclosure statements?

    To protect the Latino "community of interest" in redistricting Orange County, Santa Ana, eastern Garden Grove, and central Anaheim must be in the same legislative districts.

    by Seneca Doane on Thu Jul 07, 2011 at 09:42:50 AM PDT

  •  Wonder what happened... (1+ / 0-)
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    To the Holtzman buzz.

    Kudos to whoever here has been predicting one of the Weprin brothers from the day then-Rep. Weiner resigned.

    Independent, MD-05 voter, OR-01 native, Swingnut for life, and keeper of the DKE glossary.

    by SaoMagnifico on Thu Jul 07, 2011 at 10:05:51 AM PDT

    •  Your welcome (3+ / 0-)
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      I knew the twofer was too much for Crowley to pass up. Now he gets to pick a Congressman (David) and a new Assemblyman once Welprin gets elected. Two cronies for the price of 1!

      This is what the GOP County Chairs kept trying to do by picking all those Assemblymen for Congressional Special Elections.

      Now Welprin will be Crowley's candidate for Citywide office in 2013. Welprin can use the PR from his 1yr in Congress to run for Comproller again, Public Advocate or even Mayor!

      Although my guess is that Crowley will promise to back Welprin for Queens Boro President in 2013 which will open up because fo term limits in exchange for him not seeking re-election in 2012.

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      by izengabe on Thu Jul 07, 2011 at 10:34:23 AM PDT

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    •  Well, I noted... (1+ / 0-)
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      in an open thread my antipathy towards Holtzman.

      seems back in 1992, she lost the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate badly, finishing in last place behind even Al Sharpton.  And then she refused to endorse the winner, NY Attorney General Robert Abrams.  Abrams then lost to incumbent Senator Al D'Amato (R), 49%-48%.


      And back in 1980, she also let Jacob Javits split the liberal vote to allow D'Amato to become a U.S. Senator in the first place, winning by just 1%.

      And after that 1992 election, she lost her re-election for city comptroller to Alan Hevesi (a Democrat who has since been banned from ever holding elective office again and is currently in prison) in the runoff primary by over a 2:1 margin.  Polls had her cruising to re-election initially, and yet she blew it.

      This may be the best situation for her, in that the district may disappear after redistricting, where she wouldn't run for another election.  Because geez, she has such a rich history of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.  I mean, she was Martha Coakley before we knew of Martha Coakley.

      Now maybe I'm being too harsh on her, but reading her bio is like reading the manual "How to Blow an Election for the Democrats".  (And yes, I realize she first won her seat in Congress due to a primary upset.  But that was mostly due to the incumbent Dem being against the ERA.)

      Yeah, maybe I was too harsh to call her the Martha Coakley of the 1990s, but maybe not.  Her electoral abilities since entering Congress haven't been very impressive, and she had since found multiple ways to lose elections.

      •  You have the Javits election of 1980 backwards (4+ / 0-)
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        It was Javits who split the vote, not Holtzman. She won the Dem nomination fair and square. D'Amato beat the incumbent Javits in the GOP primary, but Javits refused to drop off the Liberal line. Everyone pleaded with him to do so. I'm not sure anyone blames Holtzman. It was really Javits's fault.

        Political Director, Daily Kos

        by David Nir on Thu Jul 07, 2011 at 09:33:24 PM PDT

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        •  It was (2+ / 0-)
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          But there's a certain poignancy to the whole thing where I can't look at him too badly.  The aged giant, beset by illness, defeated by a lesser man, too proud to give up, and with that very pride ensuring his enemy's victory.  It could be a movie.  I'm thinking Christopher Plummer as Javits...maybe Sydney Pollack.  James Gandolfini as D'Amato.  Uh...for Holtzmann...(looks at list of Jewish actors by age) Idina Menzel?  Winona Ryder?  Maggie Gyllenhall?  And, eventually, Jon Polito as Weprin.

          (Obligatory note that as a man of proud Italian/Jewish heritage I am allowed to cast based on various ethnic stereotypes.  And to cast an Italian man as the Jewish Weprin to make yet another moustache joke.)

          25, Dem, Dude seeing a dude, CT-04(originally), PA-02/NY-12(now)

          by Xenocrypt on Thu Jul 07, 2011 at 10:09:22 PM PDT

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        •  Oh, I know Dems wanted him to drop out. (0+ / 0-)

          I just think that as the Democratic nominee, she should've been able to corral some more liberal support.  A significant number of Javits voters in the general election were on the liberal end of the political spectrum, and yet they Nader'ed Holtzman, thereby allowing D'Amato to win.

          But when you lose by just 1%, a tiny shift could've won it for her.  Certain labor unions still stuck with their endorsement of Javits before he lost the GOP primary; maybe she could've worked harder to gain their endorsement, or at least their members' support.  I don't have the exact numbers, but let's say Javits still got, say, 50% of the labor vote because of the endorsements.  If Holtzman could've brought that down to, say, just 45%, that may have been enough to win the election.  Again, someone who knows the percentage of labor households in New York in 1980, and has exit polls showing what percent of the labor vote Javits still got could provide more accurate numbers and such, but you get my point.

          But yeah, it's just another case of a bitter incumbent who lost his own primary who found a third party route for the general election, which was enough to not let the actual Democrat win (i.e., Lieberman).  I mean, we've dissected ad nauseum the things the Lamont campaign did wrong, and Lamont lost the general by 10%.  For a race that was lost by just 1%, any and all mistakes are going to be magnified even more.

  •  Meh... (0+ / 0-)

    He is the safe choice and I have nothing against him. Still, despite her scandals I was hoping for Holtzman.

    My political philosophy:

    by drhoosierdem on Thu Jul 07, 2011 at 10:29:27 AM PDT

  •  Assembly Special Elections news (2+ / 0-)
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    for the people jonesing for more news:

    Democrats pick Phil Goldfeder for AD23 and Michael Simanowitz for AD27

    Both districts overlap NY9 and will be holding their special elections on September 13th. Which could always help the turnout.

    There's six special elections for the NYS Assembly on the 13th. 2 in Queens, 1 in Brooklyn (Towns), 1 in Manhattan (Bing), 1 in Utica, and 1 in Buffalo.

    AD116 (Utica) is the reddest. I think AD23 wasn't completely blue. The rest are safe.

    The Republican Party isn't a party of small government, it's a party of a government for the few. @bhindepmo

    by RBH on Thu Jul 07, 2011 at 10:32:58 AM PDT

  •  Great choice. (0+ / 0-)

    My biggest fear is that we'd choose a placeholder who'd run as a lame duck with the taint of a behind closed doors deal dragging them down.

    Weprin is someone who will believably fight to win and stay.  And if that hurts McCarthy or Ackerman.. so be it.

    As the son of a former Assembly Speaker and brother of a current State Assembly member don't discount the possibility of him retaining the seat.  Which is a win for Crowley who wants as many Queens congress members as he can get.

    •  Got my Weprins mixed up... (0+ / 0-)

      David is the current assemblyman but point still stands.  He has the connections to press his case for redistricting.  And don't be surprised of Mark takes his state assembly seat.

      •  No way Mark goes back to Assembly (0+ / 0-)

        I was joking about them switching back seats again.

        Mark gave up and Assembly seat to take David's Council seat in 2009.

        City Council pays more, Councilmembers have more power than the Assemblymen who just yes whatever Speaker Silver says and in the Council you dont have to schlep all the way to Albany.

        I think Welprin waits out redistrticting. If NY-09 is eliminated he either goes after Ackerman or cuts a deal and runs for either a Citywide office or Queens Boro Pres.

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        by izengabe on Thu Jul 07, 2011 at 01:44:30 PM PDT

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        •  I wouldn't mind... (0+ / 0-)

          Weprin primarying Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, if he's out of a seat come redistricting. I have nothing against Rep. Ackerman, but I'm a bit irritated with McCarthy for launching a smear campaign against then-Rep. Gillibrand during the mini-crisis over who would be appointed to serve out Secy. Clinton's term. I know it's New York politics as usual, but I admired Gillibrand's civility in dealing with it and I thought McCarthy took a lot of cheap shots that she didn't need to take, especially considering she claimed on more than one occasion that she didn't want the appointment for herself anyway.

          Independent, MD-05 voter, OR-01 native, Swingnut for life, and keeper of the DKE glossary.

          by SaoMagnifico on Thu Jul 07, 2011 at 05:59:19 PM PDT

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  •  Not to be argumentative (2+ / 0-)
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    But didn't Weprin come in last place in that comptroller primary that showed off his "Mr. Tough Campaigner" bona fides?  I don't know anything about him, but that's not the evidence I'd tout if I was looking to tout evidence.  (Of course, you can run a good campaign and lose, but aggressiveness isn't the same as being a good campaigner or politician.)

    25, Dem, Dude seeing a dude, CT-04(originally), PA-02/NY-12(now)

    by Xenocrypt on Thu Jul 07, 2011 at 07:09:20 PM PDT

    •  Not argumentative at all, but (1+ / 0-)
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      Weprin got last place in a citywide Democratic primary.  This is a special election in a very unique district.  In primaries, where there are little issue differences, personality rules.  Weprin is not an exciting candidate nor one who had a lot of appeal to the minority-heavy NYC Democratic electorate, so it's not surprising that he lost a primary.

      General election potential is a different boat altogether, especially in this district.

      So you're free to look at his citywide campaign, but note how well he did in the Orthodox Jewish parts of NY-9, one of the key swing constituencies in this special election.  Despite coming in last place, he carried Dov Hikind's Paladino-backing 48th district if I recall correctly.

  •  If he's a rising star (0+ / 0-)

    why would he run for a seat that is likely to be eliminated in a year's time?

    It's about time I changed my signature.

    by Khun David on Thu Jul 07, 2011 at 08:07:51 PM PDT

    •  Think about it (2+ / 0-)
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      1. He's currently an Assemblyman.  He could run an incredibly high-profile race and raise his profile and give comptroller another go in 2013.

      2. No one really knows how redistricting will turn out. Cuomo is currently threatening to veto the legislature's map, if the courts draw the districts then who knows what will happen?

      No matter what, Weprin's career is helped (assuming he doesn't go down in defeat).

  •  OT, give us a darn openthread already! (2+ / 0-)
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    Cause A) this comment deserves a few more HR's,

    and B)

    I saw Tweety's newest ad on MSNBC, and it feeds birtherism.

    He talks about the President and 'American Exceptionalism', saying 'look how far he's come' or somesuch, then says 'You can't go to China and become Chinese!  Only in America could this happen!'

    President Obama did not 'Come to America and become American.'

    He was born American, in America, Tweety, you jackass.

  •  OT: is Hahn a lock for tuesday's election? (0+ / 0-)
  •  My Assemblyman (1+ / 0-)
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    I like him. Went to school with his brother, NYC Councilman Mark Weprin. Both Weprins are extremely attentive to constituents and never fail to address issues or correspondence. The NYS bona fides of the Weprin name are also a big plus. I'd say Weprin was only second to Cuomo at this point (and rising).

    This head movie makes my eyes rain.

    by The Lone Apple on Thu Jul 07, 2011 at 08:28:22 PM PDT

  •  the porn stache not with standing (0+ / 0-)

    I wish him and his constituents the best.

    "I drank what?!" -Socrates

    by bagman on Thu Jul 07, 2011 at 08:55:08 PM PDT

  •  thanks for the late night news. (0+ / 0-)

    and the links.
    i especially liked the "lack of fear" and "throwing a punch" parts: hope i can find his facebook page or website.

    The Addington perpwalk is the trailhead for accountability in this wound on our national psyche. [ know: Dick Cheney's "top" lawyer.] --Sachem

    by greenbird on Thu Jul 07, 2011 at 10:17:36 PM PDT

  •  asdf (1+ / 0-)
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    It's all so clear to me now. I'm the keeper of the cheese. And you're the lemon merchant. Get it? And he knows it.

    by bernardpliers on Thu Jul 07, 2011 at 11:08:44 PM PDT

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