N.Y. Dem Noncommittal on Obama Reelect

By Reid J. Epstein
|  Friday, Aug 5, 2011  |  Updated 7:29 AM EDT
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The Democrat seeking to replace disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) refused to endorse President Barack Obama’s reelection during a Thursday press conference.

David Weprin, a New York State assemblyman running in the Brooklyn and Queens district, said not to “read anything into” his non-endorsement, the New York Post reported.

“I’m running myself right now. On Sept. 14, I’ll be happy to address the president’s election,” Weprin, a former New York City councilman, said during an event at which he was endorsed by a group of elected women.

Weprin is running against Republican Robert Turner, who lost a 2010 race to Weiner, the outspoken Democrat who resigned in June after lewd texts and photographs he sent to a bevy of women surfaced. The special election is Sept. 13.

The Weprin-Turner race in the heavily Jewish district has largely centered on which candidate is a better friend to Israel. Turner has hammered Obama for proposing that Israel use its 1967 borders as a starting point for peace negotiations with the Palestinians.

Weiner has not spoken publicly since his resignation.

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