Crowd-Sourcing the NY-9 Deabte

The hosts of next week’s  debate for the NY-9 race are crowd-sourcing for suggested questions to ask Democrat David Weprin and Republican Bob Turner.

#AskWeprin and #AskTurner are the hashtags I’m hoping people will use. #NY9debate is good too.

As Colby Hamilton noted, Weprin has been somewhat vague on policy specifics, namely, Hamilton argues, because he probably won’t be in a position to do much. And Turner’s policies — protecting entitlement programs while somehow shrinking the deficit — aren’t really based in anything actionable.

Each have obvious vulnerabilities that could make for an interesting debate.

Weprin’s nuanced position on same-sex marriage is a headache for some of his allies (especially those in the LGBT community who recently threw him a fund-raiser). And Turner walked away from the one policy position everyone in  the NY delegation seemed to agree on: universal support the Zadroga bill.

If it sounds like they’re running for some big, powerful, national position with no real geographic root, it’s because, in a way, the are.

Most of the debate in this race has revolved around national issues, and hardly around anything specific to the district, which covers a patchwork of blue collar neighborhoods in southern Queens and northern Brooklyn.

Thanks to redistricting, not many people expect the seat to exist in any recognizable form by next year; even advocates of independent redistricting say so.

So, I guess, feel free to ask them anything.

 

Crowd-Sourcing the NY-9 Deabte