The more I learn about this guy, the more I like him. He’s green, to be sure: Two days ago, after an interview with Megyn Kelly on “America Live,” he stood up so abruptly he blocked her camera shot and she had to call him out on it (in forceful, friendly, classic Kelly style). But he’s also got unapologetic confidence (he pronounced himself not surprised at his victory!) and a sense of humor to rival Herman Cain’s. (What is it about these Washington outsiders that enables them to keep such perspective? Don’t they know the world revolves around the myopic political battles and petty personalities within the Beltway?)
“I do have a Twitter account,” Turner quipped recently. “But I will use it fully clothed.”
Zing. But no wonder Turner has words for Anthony Weiner. The disgraced former Congressman left his office in simply lovely condition for the newly elected Republican. Replete with a dirty old toothbrush, the office didn’t exactly say, “Welcome.” No matter: Turner’s family just ordered it scrubbed … and maybe recarpeted … and possibly refurnished. It takes a lot to rid a spot of Anthony Weiner residue.
“Weiner left his toothbrush behind! It literally says ‘Anthony’ on it,” an insider said.
“We made the assumption who Anthony was.”
Turner’s wife, Peggy, a registered nurse, personally requested that congressional cleaners be brought in to scrub the bathroom, the insider said.
There also was talk of replacing the carpeting and Weiner’s office chair, the insider said.
But, with that, I’ll stop with the cheap shots I never took at Weiner during the entire Weinergate scandal, when I tried, despite the onslaught of innuendos, to stay high-minded. The most important fact in all this is that Bob Turner is refreshing — and ready to work. He’s really not too worried about refurbishing his office space (nor does he buy the spin that Weiner is the reason NY-9 voted Republican for the first time in more than 80 years).
“I’ll defer to the taxpayers,” he said. “We’ll use what we got. That’s not the most important thing I have to deal with.”
Sigh. If only it were. How nice if unemployment weren’t 9.1 percent, the national debt more than $14 trillion and the president’s jobs plan more than $400 billion! How nice if the federal government didn’t pour money into Planned Parenthood despite states’ wishes, if the DOJ didn’t cover up a crazy-brained program to sell guns to straw purchasers, if the president didn’t insist on subsidies for companies bound to go belly-up! But if Bob Turner’s not complaining, then neither am I.
On that note, why is Weprin whining? At least now he doesn’t have to deal with the problems his party created …