This afternoon, in the wake of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s weekend appearance at the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators, her campaign rolled out the endorsement of former city comptroller and mayoral candidate Bill Thompson, who Ms. Gillibrand supported in his mayoral run last year.
“I was impressed with how warmly Kirsten was received this weekend at the Legislative Caucus. It is clear that our Senator has built strong partnerships over the last year and has the right priorities for New York,” Mr. Thompson said in a statement sent out by Ms. Gillibrand’s campaign.
Ms. Gillibrand’s partnerships within the party would seem to be of particular interest to Mr. Thompson, who has decided to mount another run for mayor after flirting publicly with a senate challenge.
Last year, Mr. Thompson didn’t get much help from some of Ms. Gillibrand’s most influential backers: Chuck Schumer wouldn’t criticize Mr. Thompson’s opponent, Michael Bloomberg, and the White House wouldn’t even say Mr. Thompson’s name. So, with Mr. Thompson facing a wide-open primary in 2013, and with the vast majority of the party’s elected leaders backing the incumbent, Mr. Thompson issued this statement today:
“I was impressed with how warmly Kirsten was received this weekend at the Legislative Caucus. It is clear that our Senator has built strong partnerships over the last year and has the right priorities for New York. She’s spent times in communities across the state and understands exactly what so many New York families are going through right now. From cutting taxes for small, locally-owned businesses to putting more New Yorkers back to work and fighting for justice, fairness and equality for every single New Yorker, Kirsten is a proven fighter for New York values and I am proud to endorse her for U.S. Senate.”