From a Democratic operative, unaffiliated with the race:
David Weprin was a bad candidate regardless of what his “favorables” in the polls were. No one leaves after meeting him remembering him as anything but a politician. Not likeable, but not hatable, which arguably is worse.
Additionally, Weprin can rub colleagues the wrong way. He is known to go to other colleagues’ fundraisers and passing out invites to his own fundraiser or showing up uninvited to press conferences and then passing out his own press releases.
In terms of the Queens County Dems, it was supposed to be the strongest of the counties. With the infighting that Brooklyn and the Bronx have been going through, it has been seen as the most unified and most organized. Their loss here is a blow to them, and county leaders as a whole. Though they are still effective in delivering their electeds, in votes for Speaker for example, it remains to be seen if county leaders can continue to reliably run a strong GOTV operation and deliver votes throughout their borough.
New campaigns will have rely on lean and mean operations (unless you’re Bloomberg ’01, ’05, ’09). Bob Turner had it. Bill O’Reilly knows how to deal with New York politics and did all the little things that made a difference without the $600k ad buy. He deserves a lot of credit and it was good to see him with the win. Weprin had what seemed like a bloated and sluggish team, which at times seemed like it had internal conflicts. It had a problem quickly crafting a message, agreeing on a message, or delivering a message.