New York GOP seeks Weiner's seat
June 17th, 2011
05:22 PM ET
4 years ago

New York GOP seeks Weiner's seat

(CNN) - The New York State Republican Party is wasting no time trying to capitalize on Rep. Anthony Weiner's resignation.

Only an hour after Weiner appeared before cameras Thursday, the party sent an email to members asking for donations to help turn the district over to the Republicans in a special election soon to be called by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

"It's not ex Rep Weiner's seat, it's not Nancy Pelosi's seat- it's the People's seat and it is about time that the constituents of the 9th District get the high quality representative they deserve," the GOP State Party email said.

The email blasted Weiner for going as long as he did without resigning: "Anthony Weiner felt entitled to his seat, and this twisted tale is in no small part the fruits of that arrogance."

Sources tell CNN one potential Republican contender for a special election is 26-year-old Eric Ulrich, the youngest member in the New York City Council. The day before Weiner's announcement, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani met with Ulrich and encouraged the young Republican to run.

Businessman Bob Turner, who challenged Weiner for the seat in 2010, is also a name being mentioned in Republican circles, according to Michael Lawler, Deputy Political Director at the GOP State Party. And while Turner received Giuliani's endorsement last fall, Weiner still won the election with 61 percent of the vote.

The GOP's mission to take the seat won't be easy, as the district, which covers parts of Queens and Brooklyn, traditionally leans heavily democratic. Prior to Weiner's tenure, New York Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer represented the area for nearly two decades.

But Republicans hope to use Weiner's recent scandal as a reason to take the seat from Democratic hands.

"We're expecting it to be a competitive race," Lawler said. "It's never too early to start raising funds."

Even if a Republican wins the special election, the district could be in danger of being eliminated in a redistricting process that's set to finalize in 2013.


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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    This one is going to be tough to take if Weiner and Schumer were elected there. And if over 50% still wanted Weiner to stay in office, I doubt there is any hope. The voters are typical insane, New Yorkers.

    June 17, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  2. Len Smith

    Now that Wiener is out, it is time for Vitter to resign for much worse things. Double standards here. I am glad that Wiener resigned and he should have after the first lie.

    June 17, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  3. Four and The Door

    That would be precious. Hit the wrong button on your tweet and all of the sudden the seat belongs to a Republican. In that regard, he actually hit the correct button.

    June 17, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  4. Texas Doc

    Why is the GOP so into Weiner?

    June 17, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  5. AZ DEM

    Good luck trying to get parts of Queens and Brooklyn to vote for a Republican...in New York of all places HAHAHA...yeah right GOP that majority is going to keep dwindling right up till Nov 2012 when it diminishes completely and Pelosi takes that gavel back from Boehner.

    June 17, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    ""Anthony Weiner felt entitled to his seat, and this twisted tale is in no small part the fruits of that arrogance."

    He was entitled to it...he got elected. Moreover, the majority of the district wanted him to stay. Of course, far be it from the GOP to miss an opportunity to overreach.

    June 17, 2011 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  7. Bill

    The seat will remain with the Democrats. Next.

    June 17, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Boehner and the GOP accused Weiner of being a distraction when they should be working on jobs but now I see they were really working on getting a Republican to replace him, another "Snow Job" coming from the GOP.

    June 17, 2011 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  9. david

    Four and The Door

    That would be precious. Hit the wrong button on your tweet and all of the sudden the seat belongs to a Republican. In that regard, he actually hit the correct button.
    June 17, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm | ................Wishful thinking...aint happening!!! lol the Dems will run another candidate and still win...Republicans are toast after 10 years of their failed policies...New Yorkers know only Dems really stand with them!!!

    June 17, 2011 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  10. Typical Insane NY-er

    Yes, we're soooo insane in NYC! Look at us, wanting all of our crazeeee Democratic values! I mean, who'd vote against a party that turned a surplus into $11 trillion in debt? Who'd vote against a party who wants to shift all of our money to the top 2%? Who'd vote against a party that gets us into wars for no reason? Who'd vote against a party like the GOP who when they have their own, actually important and ILLEGAL scandals (Vitter, Boehner, McCain, Craig, Ensign....etc) battle to NOT resign like Anthony Weiner did. WE'RE CRAAAAAZEEEE!!!!

    June 17, 2011 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  11. TomNPitt

    Not supporting what he did, but wasn't that his business?
    Do we want to encourage public screening of personal messages?

    June 17, 2011 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |