Who did the Democrats have to stump for David Weprin, actually?
Among the advantages a Democratic candidate ought to have in heavily Democratic New York, theoretically, is a constellation of effective campaign surrogates to call on. Actually though, argues Maggie Haberman, that constellation didn't exist for David Weprin in his race against Bob Turner.
The last two mayors have been non-Democrats, and Ed Koch, a Democratic former mayor, endorsed Turner. Andrew Cuomo, the biggest name in Democratic politics, has plenty of sway with voters these days, but he's not so much into partisan activity these days, and didn't do any campaigning for Weprin.
Not entirely unrelated, Chuck Schumer talked to reporters today all about how the idea that Democrats had the advantage in NY-9 was way overblown by the media, and that the district, a version of which he used to represent in the House, has gotten way more conservative than it used to be.
Remember, Obama has a fund-raiser in New York City on the September 20th. [Gaius Publius]
Schumer puts his old seat in context: "This is a district that is not typical of anything in this country." [Alison Gendar]
Audio of Schumer's remarks. [Capital Tonight]
Representative Crowley touts Weprin's numbers in his portion of the district. (The Brooklyn part didn't go as well.) [Ben Smith]
Conservatives counter-spin the spin. [Patrick Brennan]
Turner's win is bad news for freshman representative Kathy Hochul, thanks to redistricting. [Liz Benjamin]
Turner had better surrogates than Weprin. [Maggie Haberman]
Turner wants to catch up on his sleep. [Kate Taylor]
Turner, this morning, dressed casually. [Uli Seit]
A reader says Weprin's team couldn't find a message soon enough and Queens County has no real get-out-the-vote operation. [David Freedlander]
Initially, Weprin ran as the front-runner, ignoring Turner's attacks. [David Freedlander]
A Bloomberg spokesman noted rising pension costs at the city Board of Education. [@marklavorgna]
Sarcastic question: Who could possibly fill Marty Markowitz's shoes? [Ben Yakas]
And here are the long-awaited details of the city's bike-sharing program. [Andrea Bernstein]