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David Weprin tapped by Dem leaders as nom. to replace Weiner



State Assemblyman David Weprin from Queens has been chosen as the Democrats' nominee to fill the seat left by disgraced former representative Anthony Weiner, according to published reports.

Weprin, 55, is a former city councilman and unsuccessfully ran comptroller in 2009. Reports said he's set to meet with Democratic leaders late Thursday and will be officially nominated Friday.

The special election to replace Weiner, who resigned after lying about sending lewd photos of himself to women over the Internet, is scheduled for Sept. 13.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, at the start of the Independence Day holiday weekend, announced the special election for the Ninth Congressional District to coincide with New York's statewide Primary Day. The district covers parts of Queens and Brooklyn.

Weiner, 46, a seven-term Democrat, resigned in disgrace over the sexting scandal in June under pressure from President Barack Obama and fellow Democratic leaders.

Once seen as a rising liberal star and likely future candidate for mayor of New York City, the newly married Weiner, a soon-to-be father, was tripped up by the very social media tools that had once made him so successful politically.

After a week of denials, he admitted he had lied and had inappropriate online exchanges with at least six women over three years.

(with Reuters)

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