Turner Has Only $70K In The Bank

Congressman Turner (Photo: Facebook)

Recently elected GOP Congressman Bob Turner reported a relatively modest campaign haul today, showing just $76,000 raised with $71,000 cash on hand since the last reporting period. This is not  an especially large pot of money to to proceed forward in what could be a tough reelection environment for him. For comparison, New York City’s other Republican Congressman, Michael Grimm, raised hundreds of thousands of dollars this cycle and has over a million dollars in the bank.

Mr. Turner won a special election last summer in a fairly Democratic district that former Congressman Anthony Weiner left behind when a tweet scandal infamously imploded his career. The Democratic-leaning nature of the district alone could present a challenge for the freshman Congressman, but his district additionally faces perhaps more uncertainty in the redistricting process than any other seat.

New York is slated to lose two districts this year due to its relative population loss compared to the rest of the country, and Mr. Turner, who occupies an oddly shaped seat surrounded by areas that reported weak population growth int he last Census, has a decent chance of seeing his district divided up into nearby districts.

Because of the uncertainty surrounding redistricting, no Democratic challengers have declared their intentions to run for the seat either. Queens Assemblyman Rory Lancman is viewed as a likely candidate should the district survive.

Notably among Mr. Turner’s contributors is Marc Cenedella, a candidate seeking the Republican nomination to challenge Senator Kirsten Gillibrand this fall. Mr. Cenedella gave $2,500.

A low fundraising isn’t necessarily a huge problem for Mr. Turner. A wealthy former television executive he poured in $65,000 of his own money the last  time around and could do so again.


Turner Has Only $70K In The Bank