In some ways, we're just like Ed Koch
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Well, the Democrats have settled on Assemblyman David Weprin - or at least the party bigs have decided on Weprin, the voters don't really get a choice - as their candidate to run in the September 13th special election to replace Congressman Anthony Weiner, who managed to tweet his way right out of office.

But not everybody from the party is backing Weprin, and it's not because of anything Weprin himself has done or not done.

Former mayor Ed Koch - you may know him as the man whose butt the City Council and Mayor Bloomberg kissed mightily when they renamed the Queensboro Bridge after him not too long ago - has said publicly that instead of voting for fellow Democrat Weprin, voters in the 9th Congressional District should instead vote for opponent Bob Turner.

He reasons that by sending a Republican to the House of Representatives from this heavily Jewish district, which stretches from Forest Hills in Queens to Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn, would send a strong message to President Barack Obama that his policies toward Israel are sorely misguided.

Whatever.

We wonder if before opening his mouth, Koch ever bothered to investigate Turner's views on Israel? It doesn't appear that way. And hasn't Weprin, who himself is Jewish, represented a heavily Jewish district in northeast Queens in the Assembly and City Council since 2001 with little to no criticism, at least as far as his attention to the needs of his Jewish constituency is concerned?

Wouldn't it make more sense to send someone to Congress who has experience dealing with the Jewish community and is sensitive to their views on Israel, and thus would be more accountable in that sense, rather than sending someone to Congress from far south Queens who has little to no experience relating to the Jewish community.

It's possible Turner's doesn't even care want the Jewish community in the district wants, as his campaign thus far is based on his extensive experience in the business world and how it will serve him in addressing the economy.

In fact, we met with Turner and covered several of his appearances when he ran against Weiner, and we don't really remember ever discussing foreign policy with him, or remember him addressing it on his own.

This is by no means an endorsement one way or the other, Pol Position isn't in the business of making endorsements, we leave that to the editorial side of the newspaper. We're really just into observing and issuing wildly rhetorical opinions. Like Koch.

Which leads us to what we really what to talk about - where is Pol Position's bridge?! We're not greedy, we'll take a small one over the Gowanus Canal or even a LIRR overpass somewhere in Queens.

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