Tonight 9/13/11,history was made. Republican Tom Turner has been declared the winner of the race for the ninth district seat vacated by Anthony Weiner’s disgraceful resignation. This is Charles Schumer’s old congressional seat that includes parts of the districts of Brooklyn and Queens in NYC. This seat has not been held by a Republican since 1923!
The ninth district has been considered the most secure Democrat congressional seat in the nation in a district where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by three to one in a strongly Jewish area. Former NY mayors;Democrat Ed Koch,and Republican Rudy Guiliani both supported Mr Turner in a race that was run as a direct referendum against Barack Obama. If the political climate is such that a Republican can win this unbelievably solid “blue”district,then a Republican can win any district in the nation! This is even more remarkable that Scott Brown’s win in Massachusetts in 2009. Ironically this district will disappear in 2013 with redistricting,but this the final lesson from New York’s ninth district is a strong one.
Elsewhere in Nevada’s second district special congressional election the Republican Mark Amodei tonight achieved a comfortable victory. With 70% of precincts reporting Amodei leads his opponent 57% to 37%. This is definitely not a good night for Obama and his policies and certainly does not bode well for his,or the Democratic Party’s prospects in November 2012. If I were a Democrat congressman tonight I would definitely be looking for a “Plan B”employment option for January 2013.