After a private-sector career as a television industry executive, Turner has a real-world sense of the country’s fiscal distress and of the pressing need to jump-start employment opportunities.
Voters in the overwhelmingly Democratic Brooklyn-Queens district have responded well to Turner despite his sin of being a Republican.
With no name recognition and little money, he scored an astounding 40% of the vote against the well-known Weiner last year. And the polls now put Turner within easy striking distance of Democratic rival David Weprin.
Turner has the right central priority: tackling the federal deficit and creating a climate for job growth.
He accepts the truth that America cannot climb out of its hole without reforming Medicare and Social Security. He put on the table such measures as raising the retirement eligibility age for people who are 55 or younger.