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On Election Day, Accusations Flying in NY-09

Lonely: Weiner losing friends fast.(ANDREW BURTON/GETTY IMAGES)

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September 13, 2011

FOREST HILLS, N.Y. -- With less than seven hours to go until the polls close in the contentious NY-09 special election, allegations of dirty tricks between Democrat David Weprin and Republican Bob Turner are flying.

Weprin's campaign claimed Tuesday afternoon that Turner and his GOP allies sent a 3 a.m. text message asking voters to call Weprin's campaign headquarters to jam up his phone lines.

"It is outrageous that Bob Turner's allies would resort to jamming our phones in an effort to prevent our campaign from contacting voters and getting out the message about how radical Bob Turner really is," said Weprin spokeswoman Elizabeth Kerr. "Republicans participating in phone jamming in the past have landed in jail, and there must be a full investigation into the Republican phone jamming campaign."

Kerr is referencing a 2002 New Hampshire phone-jamming scheme which eventually resulted in the jailing of the then-executive director of the state GOP.

Turner's campaign immediately pushed back against the claims, saying the charges were a distraction from Weprin's missteps.

"Nonsense," said Turner spokesman Bill O'Reilly. "We are busy talking to voters. We have neither the interest nor the inclination to play grade school games. Mr. Weprin must have 25 phone banks working. This sounds more like an election day smoke screen for Weprin campaign mistakes."

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