Dems Pick Their Guy to Go After Weiner's Seat

He may not be a 'powerhouse'—but at least David Weprin doesn't tweet
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 8, 2011 8:18 AM CDT
New York Democrats Pick David Weprin to Run for Anthony Weiner's Seat
In this Sept. 10, 2009 file photo, David Weprin participates in a debate for the office of comptroller, in New York.   (AP Photo/Ken Goldfield, Pool, File)

(Newser) – New York Democrats have chosen their man to seek Anthony Weiner’s congressional seat: one David Weprin, an assemblyman from a powerful political family whose Queens home is just blocks from Weiner’s former district. The good: "I've never tweeted in my life and I don't spend any time in the gym," quipped Weprin. “This is an exciting opportunity and I'm looking forward to the campaign." But he "ain't exactly a powerhouse," an insider tells the New York Daily News.

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Instead of seeking a charming candidate, party leaders looked for a loyal one to run in the Sept. 13 special election, insiders say. That’s because census-based redistricting could soon remove the seat entirely. "They wanted to pick somebody who wouldn't be dynamic enough to present a problem if he was redistricted out," says the source. Others tell the Daily News that Weprin has promised not to take on any incumbent’s congressional seat in 2012; he’s focusing on New York City politics instead. Head to Mediaite to watch Weprin dance. (Read more David Weprin stories.)

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