DCCC Puts Half-Million Into New York Special Election

DCCC Puts Half-Million Into New York Special Election

By Caitlin Huey-Burns - September 8, 2011

National Democrats have placed a nearly half-million-dollar broadcast ad buy in New York just days before voters in the traditionally blue 9th District pick a successor to former Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner. The purchase signals Democrats' concern about whether they can hold on to this seat in what has become a surprisingly close contest.

The ad -- titled “High Life” -- will begin airing on television Thursday night and paints Republican candidate Bob Turner as a corporate executive who favors tax loopholes over protecting benefits like Medicare and Social Security for senior citizens. In a head-to-head debate against Democrat David Weprin, Turner said, “I never met a loophole I didn’t like.”

The National Journal first reported the ad buy; a Republican source confirmed the details to RealClearPolitics. The spot will not run on Sunday, the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The race between Weprin (pictured) and Turner has captured national attention in recent weeks as the seat, which at one point appeared safe for Democrats, is now up for grabs. Weiner represented the district, which comprises parts of Queens and Brooklyn, for a dozen years before resigning in June after admitting to having inappropriate relationships with women online. Prominent Democratic New York Sen. Chuck Schumer held the seat for two decades before him.

Siena Research, a non-partisan polling firm, will release a new poll on this race Friday morning. Last month, Siena found Weprin with only a six-point lead over his Republican opponent. Since then, Weprin has won the backing of the New York Times, an endorsement he touts in his campaign’s own television ad that hit the airwaves on Wednesday.

National Republicans have poured money into this race as well, a sign the party sees an opportunity to pick up a seat. On Wednesday, a prominent Democratic assemblyman crossed the aisle to endorse Turner.

The special election is slated for Tuesday, Sept. 13. 

Caitlin Huey-Burns is a congressional reporter for RealClearPolitics. She can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @CHueyBurnsRCP.

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