Weprin had heavy support from unions, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), Democratic National Committee head, Florida Congresswoman, Debbie Wasserman Shultz, and an endorsement from the New York Times. It was alleged that George Soros had put $100,000 into Weprin’s campaign coffers. Turner had endorsements from Pete King, US House Homeland Security Committee Chairman and Hizzoner, Ed Koch. They both showed up at Turner’s victory celebration. Koch in particular made his endorsement of Turner a referendum on Obama’s mishandling of support for Israel. Watch a You Tube video of his endorsement of Turner. The New York Times, in the pre-election editorial criticized Koch for his Israel stand and endorsed Weprin. Turner had also made his election a referendum about Obama’s domestic policy failures and performance.
The haggardness of poverty is everywhere seen contrasted with the sleekness of wealth, the exhorted labor of some compensating for the idleness of others, wretched hovels by the side of stately colonnades, the rags of indigence blended with the ensigns of opulence; in a word, the most useless profusion in the midst of the most urgent wants.Jean-Baptiste Say