As you may know by now, New York’s ninth Congressional district elected Bob Turner, a Republican businessman from Queens, to replace Anthony Weiner, who resigned in June after using Twitter to send naked pictures of himself to several women.
Turner is the first Republican elected to New York’s ninth congressional district since the 1920s. Some people, including Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus feel the reversal is representative of weakness within the Democratic party. “Tonight the voters overwhelmingly rejected the Obama agenda,” Priebus tweeted last night.
Turner’s win may also be representative of the times, because he evolved from being the president the television production company that created “The Jerry Springer Show,” Multimedia Entertainment, Show” to a high profile Congressman.
Multimedia Entertainment was also responsible for launching Rush Limbaugh’s television career.
“When I was president of Multimedia, I brought Rush Limbaugh to television for four years,” Turner told ‘Human Events’ in May 2010, reports Huffington Post. “And, boy, did we get bombed with complaints from NOW [National Organization for Women] and the other Democratic surrogates.”
When Tim Pawlenty visited “The Colbert Report” last week, he commented that political races are “taking on more and more of a reality TV show component. You’ve got to have not just money, but you’ve got to have an entertainment component to it.”
If this is true, it certainly gives those like Turner who were once involved in reality television and drama-heavy talk shows a competitive edge.