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Independence Party backs Democrat for Weiner's former seat



The state Independence Party is throwing its support behind Democrat David Weprin who will challenge Republican Bob Turner for the seat vacated by disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner.

“We’ve worked with him before and we think he’ll be a wonderful candidate,” party Chairman Frank MacKay said yesterday of Weprin, a Queens assemblyman.

A special election is scheduled for Sept. 13 in the 9th Congressional District, which straddles parts of Queens and Brooklyn. Weiner, a Democrat, held the seat since 1999, but stepped down last month after admitting he lied about sending lewd pictures of himself to women online.

Queens party bosses said they selected Weprin, 55, because of his resume, which includes a financial background.

Turner, 70, a retired Queens businessman, captured 40 percent of the vote when he ran against Weiner last year.

Regardless who wins, the district’s new congressman will likely serve just a year in Congress, political analysts say, because redistricting may erase the seat.

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