Representative Bob Turner, dressed for summer in shorts, a polo shirt and boat shoes, descended from his porch to take a stroll along the beach. It was less than a week since he lost the Republican primary to challenge Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand, but that was not his only problem.
“I just had my bike stolen,” Mr. Turner, 71, who lives in the gated community of Breezy Point, Queens, said Monday. His wife of more than 48 years, Peggy, was not surprised. “He never locks it up,” she explained.
Mr. Turner’s magical moment is no more, his pilfered bicycle yet another indignity. Hailed as a Republican hero in September after winning election in a predominantly Democratic area previously represented by Anthony D. Weiner, Mr. Turner saw his district, in Brooklyn and Queens, carved up in redistricting. Then his last-minute Senate campaign failed to stir much excitement among conservatives; he finished second among three candidates, with 36 percent of the vote.
Now, unable to run statewide and without a House district in which to compete, Mr. Turner, a successful cable television executive who interrupted his retirement to run for office, is preparing to retire once again.