Bob Turner, who created “The Jerry Springer Show,” is leading in the polls and could score an upset on Tuesday in the special election to replace Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.)
“For a guy who likes the Metropolitan Opera and museums,” Turner told the New York Times. “Jerry is not exactly my proudest moment, you know, as you can imagine.”
Springer, a longtime Democrat, vouches for Turner’s character (he stood by the show during several controversies) and calls his conservative politics “his only flaw.”
To his credit, Turner does not exclude the “Jerry Springer” experience from his official campaign bio, which outlines his tenure heading up Pearson PLC’s North American television operations, which had assets including “Family Feud’ and “Baywatch,” as well as a tenure as CEO of Multimedia Entertainment, where he brought “Springer” to TV and also oversaw “The Sally Jesse Raphael Show” and “Donahue.” He was part of the team that organized the sale of Multimedia to Gannett. One of his biggest successes was launching “In Search Of,” the Leonard Nimoy series of the 1970s that investigated paranormal activity and other mysteries like the search for Noah’s Ark and the Loch Ness Monster. (I remember it well).
If his resume seems too low-brow, consider this: Turner was the first general manager of CBS Cable, the short-lived effort in the early 1980s to create a network around the fine arts.
Bernal’s Visit: Gael Garcia Bernal is in Washington on Tuesday to address migration from Latin America. “At a time when Washington is considering budget cuts, including to food aid and development programs in Latin America, it is important to remind policymakers of the links between migration and development, specifically, the ways in which shortages of jobs, shortages of opportunities and a lack of hope all contribute to the decision to migrate,” according to the Washington Office on Latin America. He also will receive the org’s Human Rights Award.
Gore’s Blitz: On Wednesday Al Gore is the main attraction of “24 Hours of Reality,” an attempt to reclaim the narrative in warning of climate change via an around-the-clock snapshot of the climate crisis in real time. The event will be shown live online on the org’s website.
Jarrett’s Mother-Daughter Event: Valerie Jarrett will be in Los Angeles on Friday to headline an Obama fund-raiser at the home of Michael Kong and Stacy Twilley. The reception is billed as a “discussion focusing on empowering women and girls and encouraging a career in politics and public service,” with mothers encouraged to bring their daughters. Tickets start as $1,000 per mother/daughter, with $250 for each additional daughter, according to the invite. Daughters must be at least 8 years old to attend.
Giffords Interview: ABC News has landed the first interview with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Arizona), who was shot outside a Tucson supermarket in January. Giffords and her husband will appear on Diane Sawyer’s show on Nov. 14.