Democrats play down, Republicans play up GOP upset
September 14th, 2011
12:34 PM ET
3 years ago

Democrats play down, Republicans play up GOP upset

Washington (CNN) - House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer Wednesday said the Republican upset in the special election in New York shows voters are anxious about the economy, but he downplayed any fallout for President Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats.

"I think it was an opportunity for people just to say I'm not happy and this is how I'm going to reflect it," Hoyer told CNN about GOP candidate Bob Turner's win over Democrat Dave Weprin.

But New York Republican Rep. Peter King, who celebrated the win with Turner Tuesday night, predicted Democrats on the Hill would immediately distance themselves from the president.

"I think it's going to be harder for Democrats to stand with the president on controversial votes," King said.

But Hoyer dismissed that assertion, saying "I think Democrats will stand with the president where they agree with him and they will bring up their alternative views when they don't." And the number two House Democrat also pointed out that Republicans have shifted their own tone, signaling they are open to compromise on the president's jobs plan, after hearing concerns from voters after the summer recess.

King credited former Democratic New York City Mayor Ed Koch, who supported the GOP candidate, for making the Obama's administration position on Israel a central issue in the special election. Hoyer also agreed Koch played a key role.

"His [the president's] policy is weak – Ed Koch exposed the policy for what it was," King said.


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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    The district includes a significant number of Orthodox Jewish voters who apparently voted according to former NYC Mayor Ed Koch's endorsement of the Republican candidate. Koch's endorsement weighs heavily with that demographic.

    September 14, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  2. As GM goes, so goes the country...Unions/Democrats killed GM, now they are killing the country

    House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer Wednesday said the Republican upset in the special election in New York shows voters are anxious about the economy, but he downplayed any fallout for President Obama and Congressional Democrats.
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    I simply do not understand why politicians blatantly lie like this. Who do they think they are fooling? Do they honestly think we are dumb enough to believe this statement? I guess so.

    September 14, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  3. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    The voters have spoken and I respect their choice. I truly hope they are actually represented, not like the citizens in Michelle Bachmanns district. I hope this nominee gives them exactly what they voted for.

    September 14, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. As GM goes, so goes the country...Unions/Democrats killed GM, now they are killing the country

    Even Democrat Jews could not ignore how shabbily Obama treated Israel and their leaders when they came to the USA. Frankly I don't understand how ANY Jewish American could vote for Obama after he throw Israel under the bus. It appears that there are Jews that actually hate Israel. Is there ANY segment of this country that Obama has not alienated and/or attacked? Some uniter!

    September 14, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  5. Jau

    This is a win for reason. The lack of respect for the voters was the main reason behind the dems losing this district. Placing someone on the ballot like Weprin whose votes have gone against the people's will like when he gave his vote for something like same sex weddings was the last drop on the bucket. The voters have had it!

    September 14, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  6. doug

    Wow, a Republican winning in hard core lib Democrat Snooki-land districts, that's major. Those jersey shore types who wish their child would grow up to be a mob boss over a doctor are the most loyal voting block that the Democrats have.

    I love how it is Obama who is killing the Democrat party, the party that started the klan and has always stood in the way of freedom, decency, equality, respect, and compassion.

    September 14, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  7. NYCitizen

    Regarding the 2012 Presidential Race, for Republicans I predict a Perry/Bachman or Perry/Romney ticket!

    September 14, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  8. NYCitizen

    Regarding this particle about Turner winning the distrtict: Unfortunately, the district he won just may well be non-existant soon as it is supposed to be cut up and re-defined. I do think it is good for New York overall to have a little more Republican representatives running around...I sometimes thought New York was a bit too liberal and left-leaning.

    September 14, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  9. No Amnesty for Teabaggers - Impeach Republicans

    Turner was able to convince a lot of people with his lies.

    September 14, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    "I think it's going to be harder for Democrats to stand with the president on controversial votes," King said."

    Spin, baby, spin ... and spin again. Whole lot going on in NY9 ... most of which isn't positive, either way you look at it.

    September 14, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  11. Liz the First

    This boggles the mind! the rethug lies and obstructionism are working. make the mess, then stop the mess from being cleaned up while blaming the guy you're stopping for not being able to clean up the mess. and people are actually falling for this!!!!!!!! the human race will go extinct from sheer stupidity!!!!!!!

    September 14, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  12. Derrick

    Apparently you republicans are dumb enough to believe all the lies the GOP has told so that's nothing new......Obama will be fine in 2012. Most americans will choose intelligence and integrity over partisan pandering to the far right wing nuts who are hell bent on destroying america

    September 14, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  13. California Conservative

    The referendum continues....................................

    September 14, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  14. Al-NY,NY

    Koch and Dove Hikand apparently think Israel and how much we kiss up to them is more important than economic, education, and health issues. And the voters bought it. THAT is why the upset occurred

    September 14, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  15. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    So how many Representatives does Israel have in Congress now?

    September 14, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  16. BostonianTheWoodlandsTX

    As great as this country is, some of the voters may be the dumbest on earth.

    After speding like druken saliors on two wars, and unopaid drug paln and tax cuts for the UBER rich........

    Apparently many in this country are trying re-write history in their mind by elcting the GOP BACK into office.

    The same people who got us here.

    AMAZING...............

    September 14, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  17. Mary

    This is just the beginning. Soon most, if not all, of those progressive Democrats will lose their jobs. Now if we could take their undeserved retirement that we hard working people have to pay for, that would be the beginning of another good start.

    September 14, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Evidently this a heavily Jewish district?

    September 14, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  19. The Clear Thinking Independent Voter

    I give the Democrats integrity credit for kiciking Weiner out. Vitter is still in office and is still sullying the image of the GOP.

    We voters are paying attention.

    September 14, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  20. skarphace

    This is what happens when a polititian tells the truth. What is the only chance for peace between Isreal and it's neighbors? If Isreal retreats to 1967 borders and works towards recognizing a Palestinian State. Speaking so boldly seems to have lost Obama the Jewish vote, and they are a powerful political force.

    In other words, I agree with the Republicans here: this was a referendum on Obama policy. The question is: is this referendum good for American and it's interests? I would say no. I think Obama's position is the right one.

    I think America should be putting more pressure on Isreal to work towards peace rather than continue to expand their territories into the West Bank and Gaza. I believe that without American pressure Isreal will always be at war with it's neighbors and sooner or later America will have to join the fight to protect Isreal. This would mark the start of the next world war.

    September 14, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  21. TEA PARTY Mike

    Is Hoyer serious. He says the vote was a reflection of how voters are anxious about the economy. And they expressed it by choosing a Republicans over a Democrat. This was not an incumbent Democrat who they were punishing. This was a Democratic district that chose a Republican over a Democrat as a means to express how unhappy they are about the economy. But Hoyer says he is not concerned about any fallout for Obama or Democrats. Clearly logic and reason are not attributes that Hoyer has a command of.

    September 14, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  22. Peggy - Tx

    I simply do not understand why seemingly reason able people vote for politicians that blatantly lie like the Tea Party picked candidates.

    Tea Partiers are just stupid followers of a few wealthy people that paid big bucks to identify and promulgate lies that would appeal to the Tea Partier worse fears and thereby vote against their own self interest.

    If the grievances of the Tea Party was accurate, they would not have to lie about them.

    If the Tea Party had good ideas, they would not have resort to bulling to fouse their point of view on others.

    If the Tea Party were not dominated by racist, they would repudiate the loud racist in their mist.

    September 14, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  23. rladdi

    Republicans are the worst for economics yet they are being elected to solve the problems. Look, Bush didn't even know the USA was tanking. None of his staff or the Republicans help save the economic mess we are in now. They have no solutions, nor have they done anything for jobs since the 2010 election. The only reason they win is that they are good liers, like George Bush was.

    September 14, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  24. Drogo, who bit the dust

    This was simply about Jews being upset with Obama's policies. Nothing new here.

    September 14, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  25. Blink

    The economy is a big reason but you can't dscount Obama's bad policies and anti-Israel rhetoric for losing some Jewish support.

    September 14, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
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