Earlier today, State Senator Marty Golden endorsed Congressman Bob Turner’s senatorial candidacy, giving Mr. Turner the backing of one of New York City’s more prominent Republican officials. The endorsement, naturally, came in front of a Brooklyn gas station, reinforcing Mr. Turner’s relentless focus on gas prices as he competes for the Republican nomination to challenge Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in the fall.
“Kirsten Gillibrand, the nation’s most liberal senator, has been more concerned with carrying forward the extreme left’s agenda than she has been with getting New Yorkers back to work,” Mr. Golden said in a statement. “Bob Turner’s business background and practical approach to reviving our economy is exactly what we need from our United States Senator. He is a political outsider who will make the tough choices to bring down our nation’s unsustainable debt, lower gas prices and create a robust, job-growing economic climate.”
For his part, Mr. Turner said he was “enormously grateful to receive Senator Golden’s endorsement,” and proceeded to again slam Mr. Gillibrand and President Barack Obama over gas prices, saying, “Brooklyn residents are paying some of the highest gas and food prices in the nation directly because of their opposition to common-sense energy proposals.”
Mr. Golden’s Democratic opponent, Andrew Gounardes, however, took issue with his endorsement of Mr. Turner and issued a statement of his own.
“With his endorsement of ultraconservative Bob Turner, Marty Golden has shown Brooklyn voters just how out of touch he really is with our community,” he said. “While Marty touts bipartisanship and moderation in his mailers, today he endorsed a guy whose views on political discourse, immigration, the environment, and – most of all – economics are anything but mainstream.”
Mr. Gounardes pointed to Mr. Turner’s vote for the Ryan budget, which he claimed “would privatize social security and end the guarantee of Medicare for millions of hardworking Americans.”
“When does Marty plan to tell the seniors in our district about that?” he asked in the release.