The W.F.P., Bill de Blasio and the Public Advocate’s Race

Bill de Blasio, one of many candidates for public advocate, recently scored a crucial, and unusually early endorsement from the labor-backed Working Families Party.
The endorsement will provide de Blasio a significant boost of campaign support with months still to go before the September Democratic primary. But the race is a heavy lift.
Already, de Blasio is running against candidates who are better-funded (Eric Gioia), or more widely known (Mark Green and Norman Siegel).
In a brief telephone interview late yesterday, I asked the executive director of the Working Families Party, Dan Cantor, why, in a field of strongly credentialed liberals, his group got involved so early.