Embattled representative Anthony Weiner (D., N.Y.) may face a tough reelection battle next year:
Big Apple Republicans and conservative leaders tell National Review Online that they are itching to topple Weiner, an outspoken liberal who has represented Queens in Congress since 1998.
Weiner, who is embroiled in a Twitter scandal, “could face a serious challenge, even in the general election,” says Mike Long, the state Conservative party’s chairman. “It is not implausible, now that he has gotten himself into this kind of problem. He may even be vulnerable in a Democratic primary.”
Phil Ragusa, the Queens County GOP chairman, agrees. “I am sure people will be lining up to run against him,” he says. “There is a chance that he is a Teflon-type politician, and this bounces off of him, but I think people are smart enough to know that he has some culpability.”
Queens businessman Bob Turner, a Republican, ran against Weiner last year. He garnered nearly 40 percent of the vote. He says he is “thinking about running again.” Another candidate floated by GOP operatives is New York State judge Noach Dear, who has previously mounted challenges to the New York Democrat.
UPDATE: On Twitter, Josh Barro mentions Eric Ulrich, a young GOP city councilman, as a potential Weiner challenger. Some background:
On February 24th 2009, Eric Ulrich won the City Council Special Election in District #32. He was re-elected in the November General Election of that same year. At 24, he is currently the youngest serving member of the council and serves as Minority Whip of the Republican delegation. Prior to holding public office, Eric was active in various civic, fraternal, and charitable organizations throughout the district. He was President of the Our Neighbors Civic Association of Ozone Park, and was active with the Knights of Columbus, Kiwanis Club of Howard Beach, Jamaica Rotary, and the 102nd Police Precinct Community Council. He is also a former member of Queens Community Board #9. In September 2007, he won the Republican Primary to the represent the 23rd Assembly District on the New York Republican State Committee. Eric and Yadira live in Ozone Park with their Yorkshire terrier “Tiny.”