As Josh mentioned, the special election that I’ve been following closely in New York’s 9th Congressional District (Brooklyn and Queens, NY) to replace disgraced Anthony Wiener took place yesterday and I’m happy to report that pro-life, pro-marriage Catholic candidate Bob Turner defeated pro-abort, pro-gay-marriage David Weprin by an astonishing 8%! For the first time since 1923 a Republican won this seat in deeply Democrat territory.
Before I go any farther, special thanks to everyone who heeded my requests to support Bob Turner in what was considered only weeks ago to be race where he only had a long-shot chance at winning.
Bob Turner, I am told, is a daily communicant, a product of Catholic education, and put all of his children through Catholic schools. He is also pro-life and pro-marriage.
The National Organization for Marriage released a “flash” survey this morning revealing that people in the district who believe in marriage voted for Bob Turner 81%-19% (David Weprin had recently voted for same-sex marriage in the NY Assembly). Moreover, Bob Turner, won 72% of the Catholic vote (and 88% of Orthodox Jews, who also strongly believe in marriage) – more proof that Catholics and other people of faith who prioritize the right to life and the dignity of marriage can swing elections the right way!
This is also a good reminder to us that “social issues” — proLife and proMarriage — are not “wedge” issues that divide Republicans. Instead they are bridge issues that allow socially conservative Democrats to join with Republicans and Independents in electing people who are committed to serving the common good of society (socially conservative Hispanics in the district, for instance, who normally vote Democrat, probably went for Turner as well this go-around).
If you are interested in learning more about this race there is plenty to read on the NOM blog under this tag.
Score one for the good guys in New York this time — and for the rest of us, may this come as a timely reminder that politics is only as good as the people we elect to be in politics. So let’s commit ourselves again to electing good men and women who believe in life and marriage if we want to see our representation improve!