GOP Turner wins Weiner seat in upset

September 14, 2011


Take that, Mr. President!

Republican Bob Turner scored a stunning upset victory yesterday by capturing disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner’s congressional seat.

Turner soundly defeated Democrat Assemblyman David Weprin in what is widely seen as a referendum on President Obama’s policies.

“We’ve lit one candle. There’s going to be a bonfire soon when they [in Washington] fully understand it,’’ Turner said of his victory in the once-safe Democratic Queens/Brooklyn district.

Some 500 cheering Turner supporters chanted “USA! USA!’’ at the victory party at the Roma View restaurant in Howard Beach.

Turner said he’ll be sworn in tomorrow. He’s expected to be the star guest at the New York Republican Party’s annual dinner tonight.

“This is a historic race. I’ve been asked by the people of this district to send a message to Washington, and I hope they hear it loud and clear,’’ he said.

“I’m the messenger.’’

Turner, 70, a retired TV exec, then took on Obama.

“We are ready to say, ‘Mr. President, we are on the wrong track,’ ’’ Turner said to thunderous applause, adding, “This election will resound through 2012.’’

Turner was ahead, 54 to 46 percent, with 89 percent of the precincts reporting early this morning.

But Weprin refused to concede.

“There’s a lot of votes to be be counted. Stay tuned,’’ the Queens Assemblyman said at his election-night gathering in Forest Hills.

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