Bob Turner

Jeffries Easily Beats Barron In Brooklyn House Primary; Meng Tapped To Succeed Ackerman

06/25/2012 - 20:00

Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries soundly defeated controversial Israel critic Charles Barron, a city councilman, in the primary race to succeed Rep. Ed Towns in Brooklyn Tuesday night.

Hakeem Jeffries

Could Turner Threaten Gillibrand?

The Republican who parlayed Orthodox anti-Obama sentiment into a House victory, now has his eyes on the Senate.
03/12/2012 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The decision of Rep. Bob Turner (R-Queens) to jump into the race against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) Tuesday caught many political observers by surprise and suddenly made Gillibrand’s quest for re-election anything but a cakewalk, according to analysts.

“It was like throwing a grenade into the race,” said one Republican insider. “It really shakes everything up.”

Rep. Bob Turner announced Tuesday that he is challenging incumbent Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand for her New York seat.

Turner Gets Foreign Affairs Seat

Rep. Bob Turner, the newly minted Republican congressman from New York's 9th District, is also the newest member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) chairman of the committee, praised him as "outspoken in his support for our key ally, Israel, and a strong opponent of the unilateral Palestinian scheme to seize statehood at the United Nations."

Turner Targeted Americans In Israel

Campaign got boost from Republican 527 group in Jewish state; 5,000 letters sent to expats.
09/19/2011 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

When Bob Turner wanted to talk about the storming of Israel’s embassy in Cairo by rioters, days before the 9th Congressional District election, he turned to Ruth J. Lieberman for advice.

Lieberman is not only Jewish, pro-Israel and a veteran of many political campaigns, but she also has another key qualification: She’s an Israeli.

“He asked me to make sure the facts are correct,” said Lieberman, who helped craft a message criticizing President Barack Obama for waiting five hours to assist Israel in evacuating its Cairo personnel.

Israel-based consultant Ruth Lieberman joined Bob Turner’s campaign in the home stretch.

Bob Turner’s Pick For President

I had a chance to catch up with Bob Turner just hours before his national-news-making victory in the NY9 congressional race Tuesday, outside a public school in Marine Park, Brooklyn.

Bob Turner, left, talks to Brooklyn state Sen. Martin Golden during campaign stop on Tuesday.

Turner Rides Voter Angst To Victory

Republican win culminates raucous campaign that centered on Obama, Israel and gay marriage, but few district issues.
09/13/2011 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

As he left P.S. 255 on Avenue S in Midwood, Brooklyn, Tuesday morning, Albert Tebele said he voted against Democrat David Weprin because of the candidate’s vote in the state Assembly to allow gay marriage in New York.

“Gay marriage will ruin the social fiber of the city,” said Tebele, 57, an Orthodox Jew who manufactures women’s clothing. “New York is an example to the rest of the country. It sends a message to our children that homosexuality is permissible and right when the Bible says it’s wrong.”

Republican Bob Turner, left and Democrat David Weprin. getty images

Turner Banking On Business Message

Republican in race for Weiner seat hoping outsider status, anti-Obama sentiment will help in Democratic district.
08/15/2011 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

On a recent, rainy Wednesday, Bob Turner waited patiently for his turn at the podium at a rally of angry union workers outside the struggling Peninsula Hospital in Far Rockaway, Queens, which is slated to close later this year.

When he got there, Turner looked out at the sea of members of 1199 SEIU, whose benefits the hospital says it can no longer afford, and quickly struck the right chord to draw cheers.

Bob Turner, campaigning at senior center in Ridgewood, Queens, narrowly trails Democrat David Weprin. (Photo: Michael Datikash)

Local Political News Roundup


Barack who? Dem. Assemblyman David Weprin, running to succeed Anthony Weiner, is reading the tea leaves of the district and seeing the shrinking vote for the Democratic presidential candidate. Accordingly, he's keeping his endorsement options open.

Anthony Weiner Challenger Claims Race Is Close

10/27/2010 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

Bob Turner, the Republican who wants to unseat Rep. Anthony Weiner, says his poll of 4,702 people in the district, which includes Flatbush and Park Slope in Brooklyn and Forest Hills, the Rockaways and other areas in Queens, shows less than a five-point difference between the two, 52.3 for the six-term congressman to 47.7 for the upstart, when the numbers are weighted to reflect actual party registration in the 9th District.

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