Another Republican joins primary battle to face Gillibrand
March 13th, 2012
01:45 PM ET
11 years ago

Another Republican joins primary battle to face Gillibrand

(CNN) – Newly elected Republican Rep. Bob Turner set his sights on a Senate seat Tuesday, with the announcement he will run for his party's nomination in New York.

Turner won a special election in September to replace Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner, who resigned amid scandal. Now that redistricting eliminated the 9th Congressional District, he will run for the GOP nomination in hopes of facing incumbent Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in the next election.

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"There is serious work to be done to get this economy back on track, and I will not walk away from that work now," Turner said in a statement. "I will run for the Senate, and I will run to win."

The Republican state convention is scheduled for Friday and Turner will face at least three other hopefuls, including Joe Colvin, Wendy Long and George Maragos.

Gillibrand, a first-term senator, currently has $8.1 million cash on hand and no campaign debt. Turner, a former television executive, has $72,600 cash on hand and is carrying $65,500 in debt, according to records from the Federal Election Commission.

Nonpartisan political handicappers Charlie Cook and Stuart Rothenberg list the race as "solid" and "safe" for Gillibrand, who has garnered a national profile for her work on health care and benefits for veterans and first responders.

Matt Canter, a spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, pointed to Gillibrand's work on behalf of New York families and Turner's "far right voting record."

"Bob Turner is a former Rush Limbaugh producer turned Congressman who is at best a C-list candidate and will struggle to win over New Yorkers," Canter said in an email.

Although the National Republican Congressional Committee has no plans to back a candidate before the primary, spokesperson Andrea Bozek said Turner has "done an outstanding job of representing the people of New York by standing up for pro-growth policies, job creation and one of America's strongest allies, Israel."

- CNN's Rebecca Stewart contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Kirsten Gillibrand • New York • Senate
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. WireweirdinSF

    Gillibrand equals another mouth piece for the most corrupt, inept, incompetent, union toad president in our history. Just like old "wheres the camera" Schumer.

    March 13, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |

    So he wants to go from Representative to Senator already? This just looks like a push to grab power. Sen. Gillibrand has fought for the rights of New Yorkers. Where was Mr. Turner at when it came to getting funding for the 9/11 healthcare bill? Sen. Gillibrand fought for that. Not to mention she's standing up for womens rights with this war on women the GOP has crusaded on. Keep New York BLUE!!!!

    March 13, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  3. gar

    Why doesn't the idiot announce that he's running in the Republican primaries for President? He couldn't be any worse than the ones already running.

    March 13, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  4. The Real Tom Paine

    I live in Upstate, and Turner does not stand a chance up here. People in Upstate reward people who beat the bushes and work hard, and Gillibrand has done that. If he breaks 40% I will be surprised.

    March 13, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  5. Al-NY,NY

    This clown is in my district and it pained me to see him win. I will never forgive Ed Koch who "wanted to send Obama a message" about not kow-towing to Israel and thus endorsing this right wing shill. He is done even before it starts as are the others

    March 13, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    WireweirdinSF, she does her job, she works hard, and she has carried traditionally Republican counties by wide margins. Keep your ssarky, ill-informed comments to yourself.

    March 13, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  7. Kay

    The goofy look/expression on his face could make him pass for Willard's spiritual twin. Hey, Willard, why aren't you sticking around grits-land till after the vote count tonight?

    March 13, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  8. Talkytalk

    Unfortunately, it is women like Senator Gillibrand that keep women chained to making birth control and abortion the main priority in a woman's life instead of having women take responsibility to cut back on their expenses ( give up a few glasses of wine or beers, partying, etc...) so that they can pay for their own birth control and if an abortion is the choice than pay for it themselves, as well as the man responsible for that pregnancy. It is time women take control of their expenses and find some self respect instead of this begging.

    March 13, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  9. diridi

    who is this wrinkled face wonder, we need senate and congress "TERM-LIMITS", WITH ANIT-LOBBY STRICTURES...

    March 13, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    Actually, Kay, I thought it was George Pataki.

    March 13, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    Riiiiight, Talkytalk: from what height did the doctor drop you?

    March 13, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    They should conduct a poll of NY voters asking the same questions in today's article about the poll of AL/MS voters. I can guarantee you, half of NY Republicans do not believe Pres. Obama is a muslim. The NY results would be close to being the exact opposite of the Al/MS poll results.

    March 13, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  13. Bill

    This Senate seat is safe. End of story.

    March 13, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  14. Talkytalk

    To The Real Tom Paine – You are so right!!!!!!!obviously I hit my head when I was dropped. Why would young women have to learn to pay for their own way in life, learn to take care of themselves, have control of their lives, learn the cost of things and older women by now should be able to take care of themselves financially. Funny thing, President Obama has a test that kids can take through April 13 to test their understanding of budgeting, finances, investing, saving, personal financial concepts and yet we have women fighting for our government and employers to pay for their birth control and abortion. Perhaps this test should be extended to college women and working women.

    March 13, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  15. The REAL Truth

    @Talkytalk – "Unfortunately, it is women like Senator Gillibrand that keep women chained to making birth control and abortion the main priority in a woman's life instead of having women take responsibility to cut back on their expenses"
    Say wha-a-a-t-t ??? The GOP that keeps up-chucking abortion and BC as part of the "family values" segment of their ideology. How many pro-lifers actually use BC? Probably a large number !!! That way the possibility of abnormal-termination (in line with their dogma) is less likely to occur. Hmmm.. I wonder how many Republican women rely on the rhythm method of BC. Not many, and CERTAINLY very few Catholics. I can just see the wife telling the husband to cancel "date night" so they can save the $$ and pay for BC. LOL.. REALLY? I've got some Mars property available if you are interested.
    Your argument resembles Swiss cheese. Not very solid and full of holes.

    March 13, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  16. Fair is Fair


    who is this wrinkled face wonder, we need senate and congress "TERM-LIMITS",
    IF you knew how to read, you would know this is a person who has not even served ONE term. But your sheer hatred of anything Republican has thrown whatever shred of credibility you have ever owned into the dumper.

    March 13, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |

    & he will lose.

    March 13, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  18. Talkytalk

    to The Real Truth- what is wrong with women paying for their own birth control or abortion? If a woman can pay for a pair of shoes, a manicure, pedicure, eyebrows, highlites, cellphone, makeup, laptop, iPod, drinks, a woman can more than pay for her own birth control or abortion ( should have the guy split the cost with her). I think you need to come into the year 2012 and out of the 1890's.

    March 13, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  19. Lando

    Another one will bite the dust.....sweet..

    March 13, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |