New York congressional election: Republican candidate resurrects ‘Ground Zero mosque’ controversy to attack Democratic opponent

In a special election to take place just two days after the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the GOP candidate running to fill former Rep. Anthony Weiner’s seat attacked his Democratic opponent for supporting the “Ground Zero mosque” last year.

Republican businessman Bob Turner released a TV ad Thursday, juxtaposing video of the burning World Trade Center with images of President Barack Obama. Turner blasted his opponent, Democrat David Weprin, for siding with the president on the issue.

“It’s been ten short years. Everyone remembers,” the ad says, with dreary music playing over images of smoke billowing from the World Trade Center. “Some, though, want to commemorate the tragedy by building a mosque on Ground Zero.”

The ad then says the president “thinks it’s a good idea,” as a photo of a smiling Obama appears next to a photo of a mosque, as well as video of the Twin Towers on 9/11. “And so does Congressional candidate David Weprin,” the ad says.

The ad then plays a soundbite of Weprin saying in a 2010 debate that he supported those who wanted to build the Cordoba House, an Islamic center and mosque two blocks from Ground Zero. Protests over the project spilled over into a national controversy last summer. “But Bob Turner says ‘no’,” the ad says. “He knows Weprin and Obama are wrong.”

CNN, 12 August 2011

Needless to say, Bob Turner enjoys the enthusiastic backing of mad Pamela Geller:

“Turner is going to need our help. And I like what he is saying. Gutsy! … Bob Turner opposes the Ground Zero mosquestrosity. It takes courage to take this stand publicly, although the overwhelming majority of Americans oppose this cultural obscenity…. We must support candidates who have the poltical [sic] will to stand up for America and against the leftist/Islamic machine.”