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Queens political rivals are also birthday buddies

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Posted: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 1:47 pm | Updated: 4:14 pm, Tue May 1, 2012.

Caught between its more famous colleagues, May Day and Cinco de Mayo, May 2 is pretty much an afterthought when it comes to the who's who of May days (see: Memorial Day).

But besides the history of May 2 — including Anne Boleyn, a former queen of England, being arrested and charged with witchcraft in 1536, and the Negro National League playing its first baseball game in Indianapolis in 1920 — the day also brings two former Queens rivals together.

U.S. Rep. Bob Turner (R-Queens, Brooklyn) and Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck) were both born on May 2 — Turner in 1941 and Weprin in 1956.

While Weprin and Turner, who ran against each other for the Congressional seat previously held by Anthony Weiner, won't likely be sharing a piece of cake, the assemblyman is holding a fundraiser in the form of a birthday party. And, according to a New York Daily News headline about the fundraiser, Weprin "knows how to party" — with Bowzer, from Sha Na Na, at least.

Jon "Bowzer" Bauman, of '70s television fame, will be appearing at Weprin's May 10 shindig at Manhattan's Retreat Lounge — but no one yet knows if he'll be serenading Weprin.

As for Turner, there's no word yet as to how he'll be celebrating his birthday — though, according to Jerry Springer, the congressman has been known to be entertaining at fetes.

In an article from City & State last August, during the Congressional race, Jerry Springer describes a party with Turner, the rowdy talk-show host's former boss who was an executive for the television production company Multimedia Entertainment.

"'The one time I saw him with his hair down — at least the hair that he had, there was some function for Multimedia,' Springer, who grew up in Kew Gardens, said in the article. "Maybe it was the beginning of the new season or something. And he was the host of it. And it was a country-western theme. He was dressed in a cowboy outfit with the bandana around his neck.'"

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