Bob Turner Has Been Reading Hayek, Not Briefing Books

G.O.P. Congressional candidate told WNYCs’ Brian Lehrer this morning that he is currently reading F.A. Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom, a dense philosophical treatise on libertarianism that has become a favorite of Glenn Beck and the Tea Party.

Asked by Lehrer what is the best book he has read over the past year, Turner said he wasn’t sure, but that he was currently reading Hayek.

“I am struggling through it,” he said. “I am not going to say it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read.”

Perhaps wrestling with Hayek has been keeping him from briefing books. Turner demurred on a number of policy questions that came up during the show. Read More


  1. concerned nyer says:

    I heard the interview. The man seems clueless, has no clear policy positions or solutions, and doesn’t seem to know anything about the district he wants to represent (he didn’t know anything about poverty in his district, for example). He kept not answering some pretty basic questions and has no mastery of facts. It was embarrassing and painful to listen to. Believe me, I don’t like slick politicians as much as the next guy, but at least they know what’s going on. Turner wants to be a member of Congress but doesn’t seem to have any idea how he would vote or what he would do when he got there. Scary.

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