NYC Dems choose assemblyman to run for Weiner seat

By the Associated Press | July 7, 2011 | 12:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic leaders have chosen a state Assemblyman from Queens as their candidate to replace Rep. Anthony Weiner, who resigned last month after a sexting scandal.

Assemblyman David Weprin will compete for the seat in a Sept. 13 special election.

He is heavily favored to win in the district, which covers parts of Brooklyn and Queens. Republicans are expected to choose a candidate to compete in the special election, but no Republican has ever won the seat.

Weprin, who's 55, is a former New York City councilman. He ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination to be comptroller in 2009.

Weprin is scheduled to meet with Democratic leaders Thursday night and will be formally nominated on Friday.