“What we do in the next five days is going to win the election,” Michael Bloomberg told supporters in his Atlantic Avenue campaign office in Brooklyn this afternoon.
Borough President Marty Markowitz, a Democrat, was on hand to support Bloomberg, but remind people to vote for others in the party.
“We have the benefit of a mayor who’s moved this city forward,” Markowitz said. But, he added, “Please, after people have voted for the mayor, tell them to come back to the Democratic Party line because the next name will be my name.”
Bloomberg made his usual stump speech, saying things like “We’ve kept making the streets safer, cleaner and better looking,” and “It’s not politics, its progress.”
The campaign office was decorated with handmade posters showing the various demographics supporting Bloomberg, such as the LGBT community, women, and Dominicans. Volunteers – who were mostly seniors – who were instructed how to politely approach voters and positively make the case to people on Election Day why they should vote for Bloomberg.
Others went for a less subtle approach.
A tan van covered with signs reading “Independents for Mike Bloomberg,” drove by the office as a man shouted from a megaphone, “Let’s re-elect Mike Bloomberg! Polls open at 6 a.m. on Thursday!”
Supporters like Andi Marie Jones, who owns the Sanctuary Salon on Atlantic Avenue next to the Bloomberg headquarters, said Bloomberg has changed the city in dramatic ways. “I couldn’t walk home from work before because of loiterers. This neighborhood has been cleaned up,” she said. “I can physically see the changes.”
Others, like Brooklyn resident Evelyn Williams brushed aside concerns that Bloomberg has overstayed his welcome, as Bill Thompson has argued (“Eight is enough!” he keeps says.)
“If someone is mayor and doing a good job he shouldn’t leave,” said Williams. “If it’s not broken why fix it?”
Bloomberg, who is running tons of ads criticizing Thompson, didn’t mention his opponent by name, and stuck to a volunteer-encouraging message.
“You’ve knocked on 1.7 million doors in the city. We can’t stop now. It’s crunch time,” he said.