De Blasio Defends, Gets More Exposure For, Family Mailers

Bill de Blasio defended his campaign mailings featuring his wife, who is African-American, that Charles Barron said are exploitative and pandering to black voters.

“We have sent the mailings with my family to every part of the city, every community and I’m very proud of my family,” he told reporters outside City Hall this morning where he was endorsed by the teachers’ union.

“There are some people who feel very good about people of different backgrounds getting together, and there are some that don’t. We’ve always known that some people would react negatively. And it’s unfortunate, but it’s not a surprise.”

De Blasio stressed that he has sent campaign mailings featuring he and his wife “to all communities of this city, and most importantly, it is on television, which is seen by everyone.”