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NY Dem candidate Weprin won’t deny allegations of spying on his opponent

posted at 2:54 pm on September 3, 2011 by

When will Republicans learn to play fair? Imagine, spying on a political opponent’s campaign operation. Have they no shame? Oh, wait that was a Democrat. Never mind.

Yesterday, the New York Post reported that a spokesman for GOP candidate Bon Turner had accused Democratic opponent David Weprin of sending spies posing as volunteers into Turner’s campaign headquarters. With only ten days to go until the special election for the seat vacated by Anthony Weiner in New York’s 9th congressional district, Turner and Weprin are currently in a dead heat.

Today, Weprin was confronted by reporter Melissa Russo of NBC News New York, who asked the candidate point blank whether the allegations were true. Weprin didn’t confirm the charges, but he didn’t exactly dismiss them either.

Calling the story a “distraction” (why does that sound familiar?), Weprin said, “I’m the candidate. I can’t control who goes to everything.” As true confessions go, that one didn’t go far in winning hearts and minds.

In fact, it put Weprin campaign spokeswoman Elizabeth Kerr on the spot, forcing her to admit sending a “tracker” to follow Turner at public events, though she denied that staffers misrepresented themselves.

Turner’s personal reaction to the mini-scandal was to laugh it off. “Let ’em spy,” he said. “It’s a little underhanded and a little amusing.”

Weprin’s campaign attempted to return the favor by accusing Turner’s team of “bad form,” claiming his campaign manager showed up at a Weprin news conference Wednesday to defend his candidate.

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Campaign spies! Say it ain’t so! OMG, that’s almost as bad as … NFL teams trying to read each other’s signals! It’s — it’s — un-American!

Sure, it’s slimy. Weprin shouldn’t do it. Disgusting. If there’s an Indignation Manifesto, I’ll sign it. As long as someone else does the heavy-lifting…

J.E. Dyer on September 5, 2011 at 10:06 PM