Queens Congressman Bob Turner — who replaced disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner after winning a special election in September — has been in office for what seems like all of 30 seconds…and he’s already seeking higher office.
Turner announced this afternoon that he’ll seek the Republican nomination to run against Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in this year’s election — but he’s got some company.
Manhattan attorney Wendy Long announced last month that she’d also seek the GOP nod to run against Gillibrand. Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos also has officially declared his candidacy.
“There is serious work to be done to get this economy back on track, and
I will not walk away from that work now. I will run for the Senate, and
I will run to win,” Turner says in a statement released this afternoon.
“I will travel to the Republican State Convention in Rochester later
this week and humbly ask for the Republican nomination for the United
States Senate,” Turner continues. “I will respectfully ask for the
Conservative nomination a few days later at that Party’s convention.”
From the sound of things, Long’s already got the conservative
endorsement in the bag — New York Conservative Party Chairman Michael
Long told the New York Post recently that Long “has really soaked up enthusiastically the support of my leaders up and down.”
Turner was elected to his Congressional seat in September following
Weiner’s departure from Congress (you remember — after he accidentally posted photos of his crotch on Twitter and then lied about it for about a month). One of the reasons Turner may be jumping into the Senate race is because there’s a good chance
the district he currently represents, CD 9 — which includes parts of
Brooklyn and Queens — won’t exist after the state’s Congressional
redistricting map is complete.
Prior to his brief few months in Congress, after founding Orbis
Communications, Turner served in executive positions for some of the
largest media corporations in the world, according to his Congressional
For more info on Turner, click here.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on March 13, 2012