Dem Accused of Sending "Spies" into Rival HQ

By Melissa Russo
|  Saturday, Sep 3, 2011  |  Updated 2:45 PM EDT
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Melissa Russo reports.

Melissa Russo reports.

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Democratic congressional candidate David Weprin isn't denying accusations that his campaign volunteers tried to spy on his rival's headquarters to send back intel.

In an interview with NBC New York, Weprin tried to change the subject, saying the story is a "distraction" and that he can't be responsible for all the actions of his campaign workers.

"I don't know," Weprin said. "I'm the candidate. I can't control who goes to everything." 

The New York Post reported Friday that Weprin has sent people into Bob Turner territory pretending to be volunteers or college reporters.

Weprin campaign spokeswoman Elizabeth Kerr admitted Weprin had sent a "tracker" to follow Turner at public events but denied that any staffers misrepresented themselves as reporters or Turner volunteers.

"Let 'em spy," said Republican Bob Turner at a campaign stop on Kings Highway Friday. "It's a little underhanded and a little amusing."

Turner's team is also accused of "bad form," after their campaign manager showed up at a Weprin news conference Wednesday to defend his candidate.

Weprin and Turner are facing off Sept. 13 in a special election to replace disgraced Rep. Anthony Weiner, who resigned amid a sexting scandal.

The district includes parts of Brooklyn and Queens. The person elected to the seat would only be there to serve out the remainder of Weiner’s term, which expires in 2012. And after that, New York could lose the district entirely because of population shifts.

Weprin has raised more money than Turner, but the Republican television executive has been gaining in endorsements.

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