Another Democratic group goes up with last minute ads in NY-9
September 9th, 2011
07:46 AM ET
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Another Democratic group goes up with last minute ads in NY-9

(CNN) - If you need more evidence that national Democrats may be nervous about holding a House seat in the ninth congressional district of New York that was long held by former Rep. Anthony Weiner, well here it is: House Majority PAC announced Friday they would start running television ads in the district that criticize the Republican candidate in Tuesday's special election for embracing the tea party movement.

On Monday, Sept. 12th, CNN will broadcast the "Tea Party Republican Debate," live from Tampa, Florida at 8 p.m. ET. Follow all the issues and campaign news leading up to the debate on and @cnnpolitics on Twitter.

The independent group, which is committed to helping the Democrats try and recapture the House of Representatives next year, confirms to CNN that they will spend six figures on their ad buy and that the commercial will run on cable and broadcast in the expensive New York City media market starting Friday through Election Day. They say the ad won't run on Sunday, which is the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The move by House Majority PAC comes one day after the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced a half million dollar ad buy in the race.

In the commercial, a man dressed as a Founding Father says that the Republican candidate in the race, Robert Turner, "seeks election to Congress praising tea party logic. But 'tis no tea party of mine."

The ad also highlights the New York Times endorsement of Democratic candidate David Weprin.

"If Republicans are going to play footsies with the tea party, the House Majority PAC is going to stomp on their toes," said Ali Lapp, Executive Director, House Majority PAC, in an email release Friday morning.

Turner is a former cable tv executive and Weprin is a state assemblyman. The winner of Tuesday's contest will fill the remaining 14 months left in Weiner's term. Weiner resigned in June after his Twitter account showed lewd photos of the congressman.

Even though Democrats greatly outnumber Republicans in the district, which covers parts of the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens, recent polls suggest the race is close.

A Siena College Research Institute poll from early August indicated Weprin led Turner by a narrow six-point margin. A new poll in the race is expected to be released later Friday morning.

In another sign that Democrats are concerned about keeping the seat in party hands, Jeremy Bird, national field director for Obama for America, released an email this week to supporters asking for ground troops to help with get out the vote efforts in the district.

–CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. sick of republican phonies

    It amazes me how much damage the dems inflict on themselves. Christie was elected in NJ mainly because Corzine was such a horrible governor. Now this hole Weiner gives us more aggravation. How come when a repub is caught with his pants down- like Vetter in LA, or the men's room senator from Utah (I forget his name already), the good christians in their district just re-elect them, or elect another republican toady? You mean to tell me there is a chance that one of the most liberal districts in the country is going to elect another fat cat businessman? Good Lord!

    September 9, 2011 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  2. Annie, Atlanta

    This is silly. They wouldn't be Democrats if they weren't nervous. That's what we do best, get nervous and fret and wring our hands and back down from bullies. We'd rather discuss than fight. It's a shame, but it is what it is. And with the way Americans bounce all over the map these days when it comes to voting, I'll just bet the Republicans have been nervous in special elections in their districts too. It's a free for all out there as we try to seek a way out of the horrible economic mess we're in – looking for someone to save us. It's not going to happen electing Republicans, who say they want smaller government and fiscal responsibility and they blow the government up out of proportion along with deficits, but you can't tell us that.

    September 9, 2011 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  3. John

    No body should be dumb enough to vote for any body back by the Tea Party or has anything to do with the Tea Party. The Tea Party will destroy middle Class America.

    September 9, 2011 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Except for the circus in WI, the Democrats have won every national news-worthy special election held this year. It is going to be hard to predict how many people will turn out to the polls. An average turn out will mean a near landslide victory for the Democrat. Despite whatever the conservative spin machine tries to tell you to think, base support for Democratic candidates is stronger than ever. The stronger base support has not come from running ads, it has come from actions by Republicans, and the Tea Party, in particular.

    September 9, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  5. RickN

    It's embarrasing to think that some New Yorker's will fall for the t people party line. If the repub wins it's bad news for the country. Can you imagine what our economy would look like if they cut spending to the degree they want? Unbelievable that people can be so damn stupid and ignorant. It's well known that bad economic times bring the nuts out of the woodwork and we're witnessing it now. People get desperate and follow the nuts. It's a mob mentality. The country needs a dose of reality and walking around with tri-corned hats ain't it.

    September 9, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  6. Sniffit

    Ridiculous. It's another Coakley situation. I don't know where they found this Weprin guy, but he's been a completely flaccid campaigner.

    September 9, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  7. Terry

    We need to eliminate Social Security, Medicare, Welfare, and Medicaid. Only the Republicans and Tea Party Members can accomplish these tasks. Vote Republican or Tea Party and return America to prosperity.

    September 9, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  8. Rsprings

    They don't want to get caught with their pants down.

    September 9, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  9. Teaparty Theme song

    blah blah, blah blah blah,,,,, Those nasty raciest tea partiers.
    Dems are so great at creating fictional pieces of art in words.

    September 9, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  10. Cigarman

    First off, I am an American. Second, I am a Republican. I have been around for a long time. From where I sit, Anyone who votes for any Republican for any office, is A TRAITOR to the United States. Republicans today are like a little kid, saying if you dont play my way, I am going to take my ball and go home, and then none of you can play. PLEASE, FOR THE SAKE OF THE UNITED STATES, DO NOT VOTE FOR ANY REPUBLICAN FOR ANY OFFICE. DEMOCRATS WILL HAVE THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE IN 2012.

    September 9, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |