Michael Bloomberg’s campaign—which was reported last week to have tested negative messages against Anthony Weiner last week—is responding to a web video from Bill Thompson, declaring him the first candidate to go negative in the mayor's race.
The Thompson video went up on his campaign's YouTube channel on February 10, but only seems to have come to the Bloomberg campaign's notice after we posted it this morning.
The video features random New Yorkers, some of whom are asked to name something “positive” Bloomberg has done for them. Nobody seems able to answer. Then, the people are asked if they’d like a “change” in leadership here.
“It’s unfortunate that Bill Thompson has chosen to begin his campaign by attacking Mike Bloomberg. In contrast, the mayor is running positive ads on his record and vision for the city,” Bloomberg campaign spokesman Howard Wolfson said in a public statement.
By contrast, Bloomberg's campaign said in the statement, they released two "positive" radio ads today.
Last week, the New York Times reported Bloomberg’s campaign made phone calls to voters describing potential negatives in Anthony Weiner’s record. The campaign declined to discuss the phone calls in detail. Weiner told reporters it shows Bloomberg is preparing to get “very nasty.”