Bob Turner had what seemed to be a rather friendly meeting with the New York Post editorial board yesterday:
Republican Bob Turner, running to replace Anthony Weiner in a heavily Democratic Queens-Brooklyn district, is urging voters upset with President Obama to deliver a stinging rebuke — by supporting Turner over Democrat David Weprin.
Turner painted Weprin as Obama’s twin.
“It’s Obama-Weprin,” Turner said during a Post editorial-board meeting yesterday. “It’s Weprin-Obama. You want the status quo, that’s your guy. ”
As a case in point, Turner pointed out that Assemblyman Weprin is parroting Obama’s proposal to hike taxes on the wealthy, many of whom run businesses that employ workers, during a sluggish economy.Such a tax hike would be a job killer, he said.
“That’s the Obama agenda,” Turner said
This morning however the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee harped on the rest of the interview:
Turner pledged to push the federal government to rein in the deficit even if that means touching the “third rail” of politics — cutting spending on entitlement programs such as Medicare and Social Security that have strong and active political constituencies…
Asked if the eligibility age should be raised for people under 55, Turner said, “That’s one of the easy ones.”
He said an increase in Medicare co-payments also has to be considered.
DCCC spokesman Josh Schwerin pounced on these statements, and tried to tie them to earlier statements from Turner in which he described the federal 9/11 health bill as too broad. Turner has since said that he supports the legislation.
“Bob Turner is just admitting what we already knew – his plan is to cut Medicare and Social Security, forcing seniors to pay more for their health care while protecting tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires,” said Josh Schwerin, Northeast Press Secretary at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Earlier this week, Bob Turner left Ground Zero volunteers out in the cold, and now he wants to do the same to seniors. New Yorkers simply can’t afford Bob Turner’s extremist Tea Party policies.”
Turner is slated to face off against Democrat David Weprin next month.