Washington Post Style reporter Jason Horowitz is a New York City native. He also spent several years writing for the New York Observer. He filed a guest post for The Fix on Rep. Joe Crowley’s (D) reaction to Rep. Bob Turner’s (R) win in New York’s 9th district on Tuesday.
The humiliating defeat of his hand-picked candidate in the Democratic 9th district did not prevent Rep. Joe Crowley, the boss of the Queens Democratic machine, from claiming victory on Wednesday afternoon.
The special election to replace disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D) in a Brooklyn-Queens House seat wasn’t supposed to be close.
After all, this is a seat long held by Democrats — including the likes of now Sen. Chuck Schumer and former Rep. Liz Holtzman — and one that President Obama carried by 11 points just three years ago.
But, all sides now agree that today’s contest between state Assemblyman David Weprin (D) and businessman Bob Turner (R) is a nip-and-tuck affair with Democrats privately pessimistic about their chances. (Make sure to offer your own guess on the outcome in our Fix prediction contest.)
So what does the tightness of the race — and the possibility of a Turner upset — tell us about the political landscape?