Politicos on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean are mourning former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who suffered a stroke and passed away earlier today. Indeed, at least two mayoral candidates have commented on the conservative icon’s passing so far, including GOP mayoral hopeful Joe Lhota.
“Margaret Thatcher was a 20th century visionary who understood the power of individual freedom versus the tyranny of government collectivism,” Mr. Lhota, who has described himself as a libertarian in the past, said in a statement.
Mr. Lhota also thanked Ms. Thatcher, whose administration was aligned with former President Ronald Reagan’s, for being a staunch geopolitical ally.
“She was a loyal supporter and friend of the United States and her terms as prime minister were marked as the beginning of the resurgence of the economy of the United Kingdom,” he continued. “She will be missed. My prayers go out to her family and to our brothers and sisters in the United Kingdom.”
Former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión, an independent Gracie Mansion contender who’s also trying to run on the Republican line, communicated his thoughts on Ms. Thatcher’s legacy on Twitter.
“A powerful force for freedom and democracy in our world has left us but her legacy will live on,” he wrote.
Update (11:16 a.m.): Mr. Carrion’s campaign provided a further statement on Ms. Thatcher:
“Margaret Thatcher was a powerful force for freedom and democracy. Throughout her historic career, she had the strength to be bold and innovative when approaching challenges both foreign and domestic. She exhibited the courage to make tough decisions during challenging times for Great Britain and the world. Even though she has left us, her legacy will be felt by millions for generations to come.”
Additional reporting by Ross Barkan.