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DCCC to spend a half-million dollars to help Weprin hold Weiner's old seat
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will spend close to half million dollars to shore up David Weprin's campaign to keep control of the seat opened by the resignation of Rep. Anthony Weiner (D).
The $485,000 ad buy, which will run from now through the Tuesday election but will not air on Sept. 11, was confirmed by a Republican source who'd seen the advertising buy sheet.
The buy is a bad sign for Democrats: Just weeks ago party insiders said they had no concerns about Republican candidate Bob Turner winning the race.
The House Majority PAC, a Democratic outside group, will also help Weprin with a six-figure ad buy that will run on cable and broadcast television.
"If Republicans like Robert Turner are going to play footsies with the Tea Party, the House Majority PAC is going to stomp on their toes," said House Majority PAC Executive Director Ali Lapp.
The Brooklyn and Queens-based district has been in Democratic hands for decades, first held by now-Sen. Charles Schumer, then by Weiner. But it has become more Republican in the last decade due to a political shift in the Orthodox Jewish community.
After giving then-Vice President Gore 67 percent of the vote in 2000, it gave Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) just 56 percent of its vote in 2004. President Obama took 55 percent of the vote there in 2008.
Democrats had hoped Weprin, an Orthodox Jew and state assemblyman, would be able to stroll to victory, but Turner has been able to stay competitive. The ad accuses Turner of supporting tax loopholes for corporations while wanting to cut Medicare and Social Security.
Hawkish Jewish Democrats including former New York City Mayor Ed Koch and Assemblyman Dov Hikind have endorsed Turner, who is Catholic.
Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), The New York Times and the Jewish Press have endorsed Weprin.
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Updated at 3:25 p.m. to include the ad.