The new approach to his campaign, Women for Weprin, is his latest move in the race to grab the seat in the 9th Congressional District, which includes areas of south and central Queens and south Brooklyn. Weprin hopes to appeal to the district’s female voters, whom he said make up 55 percent of the district’s constituency.
“Despite significant progress, there is still much work to be done to ensure women are treated with equality and respect,” said Weprin, who was joined at the event by his wife and daughter. “As the father of two daughters, I am personally committed to building a country where all women have access to the tools to build a bright future.”
Aside from advocating for all women to have access to health care, he also sponsored the New York State Fair Pay Act to ensure equal pay for women and minorities who performed the same jobs as men.
“As the first female speaker in the City Council, if we elect David Weprin, those girls and women will have their dreams,” said City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who praised him as a “candidate who recognizes the humanity in all of us.”
A special election to fill the seat, which was vacated by disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner in June following a controversial three-week scandal over Weiner’s online activities, will be held on Tuesday, September 13.
Female lawmakers also lauded him on his efforts in Washington as a pro-choice legislator championing the rights of women nationwide.
"With his record, it's no wonder David received a 100 percent pro-choice rating from Planned Parenthood of New York City,” said Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, who called Weprin the “strong backbone” in helping make legislation for the equality of women a reality. “We should be carrying him on our backs to Washington.”
Assemblywoman Grace Meng agreed. “David has been working on how he will help minority women and children,” said Meng, who represents Flushing. “No one else has been talking about that.”
The endorsements comes in the wake of a second official endorsement of Weprin’s Republican opponent, Bob Turner, by Long Island Congressman Peter King, which was announced only a few days ago.
King, who is Chairman of the House Homeland Security Council and also a senior member of New York’s House Majority delegation, joined forces with former mayor Edward Koch in supporting Turner in the upcoming special election.
In recent months, all heads have been turned towards Turner, a now-retired businessman of 40 years who ran against Anthony Weiner for in 2010.
In a widely publicized endorsement given in mid-July, Koch, a Democrat, stated that he crossed party lines to endorse Turner because of the Republican candidate’s staunch opposition of President Barack Obama’s demands for Israel to negotiate a settlement with the Palestinian government.
Turner, who believes that Jerusalem should be recognized as the capital of Israel, said he is opposed to any attempts the United Nations will have in recognizing a Palestinian state.
But Turner isn’t alone. Weprin, who also supports Israel, has long been a critic to Obama’s policy towards the Middle East. Obama, who called for Israel to return to pre-1967 borders, has been under heavy fire from Weprin, who has publicly challenged the president’s policies numerous times.