A debate between New York state Assemblyman David Weprin (D) and Republican businessman Bob Turner got testy Wednesday night, with tempers flaring on both sides, according to the New York Daily News.
“Dammit, get it right!” Turner exploded at one point in the debate, after Weprin repeatedly accused him of wanting to slash Social Security and Medicare spending. Turner later accused Weprin of lying about his record.
The two are vying to fill a seat left open when married Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) resigned from Congress after tweeting suggestive pictures of himself to other women. The district, which encompasses parts of Brooklyn and Queens, is fairly Democratic but has trended a bit Republican in recent years because of a shift in support from the growing Orthodox Jewish community toward the GOP.
Weprin is an Orthodox Jew, and held a fundraiser with Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), a fellow Orthodox Jew, earlier Wednesday. Turner has the endorsement of former New York City Mayor Ed Koch, a former Democrat who has endorsed people in both parties. Koch said voters should back Turner to send a message to President Obama that he needs to be a stronger supporter of Israel.
Weprin said Turner had flip-flopped on supporting a law passed to help pay medical expenses for those injured in the line of duty during Sept. 11. The election will take place Sept. 13, just two days after the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.