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.
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.