With state and federal elections less than a month away, area GOP candidates this Tuesday hopped on the “Take Back New York” bus and set out on major borough roads to take their message of reform to potential voters.
Led by state Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox, the bus made stops in Forest Hills, Fresh Meadows, Middle Village, Glendale and three parts of Brooklyn. Political passengers included Bob Turner, who is taking on Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Queens and Brooklyn) for the 9th Congressional District seat; Tony Nunziato, challenging Assemblywoman Marge Markey (D-Maspeth) for the 30th Assembly District seat; Alex Powietrzynski, who is taking aim at Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) in the 26th Assembly District race; state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose), who is being challenged by former City Councilman Tony Avella for the 11th Senatorial District seat; and councilmen Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) and Peter Koo (R-Flushing).
Former 15th District state Sen. Serf Maltese stumped for Anthony Como, who is gunning for the man who defeated Maltese in 2008, state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach).
“Things have gone awry in Washington after the Democrats took over Congress,” Cox said on Metropolitan Avenue in Middle Village. “They’re running up huge debts that are covered by borrowing. That gets passed on to our children and grandchildren.”
Pushing GOP talking points, Turner, a former TV executive, explained how he would grow the economy.
“Cut taxes, incentivize business, cuts in capital gains, and other things Democrats find obnoxious to do, but work,” he said. “Our debt is so large that it endangers the entire social network.”
On Tuesday, Weiner blasted Turner’s platform, calling him an out-of-touch right-wing extremist for gambling seniors’ Social Security on the stock market, abolishing the federal Education Department, “giving tax breaks to companies that outsource American jobs overseas” and “stripping women of their right to choose and banning abortions.”
Turner returned fire Tuesday, labeling Weiner a “hard-core liberal” who “continues to avoid the issues that are most important to the district”; has his campaign office in Manhattan; has completely ignored key projects inside the 9th District like Riis Park that need federal funding, while he secures millions for Manhattan community centers and refuses to debate Turner.
“Someone is out of touch, Mr. Weiner,” Turner said, “but I don’t think it’s me.”
Powietrzynski said, if elected, he “will be acting like a public servant and not as a businessman.”
“You are here to serve us,” he said to his incumbent opponent. “We deserve better.”
Nunziato said he’s running against “empty suits who don’t represent real people.”
“The Republican Party is the party of the American people,” he said.
The general election is Nov. 2.