It may finally be Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s time in the spotlight.
Mr. de Blasio, who has recently received favorable write-ups in Salon and the New York Times, took his pitch to MSNBC’s Morning Joe this morning to plug his progressive credentials and tout yesterday’s surge in the polls while–of course–being asked questions about former Congressman Anthony Weiner’s latest sexting scandal.
“I always had faith–I really did–that when people started to focus, which we know is only the weeks before an election in almost every instance except for a presidential election … when people start to focus, a real progressive impulse was going to come out in the New York City electorate,” Mr. de Blasio said.
A new poll out yesterday found Mr. de Blasio tied for second place behind City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and far ahead of Mr. Weiner, whose position has sunk from first to fourth following the latest revelations.
The public advocate also used the opportunity on national television to reiterate his call for Mr. Weiner to bow out of the race–a call that has become a loud chorus in recent days.
“The sideshow has to end. I think Anthony Weiner loves New York City and he should act on that by stepping aside,” he told host Mika Brzezinski. “It’s time.”
And he said that, even if Mr. Weiner did bow out, he would have no interest in his scandalized opponent’s endorsement.
“I think he has invalidated himself as a public figure obviously,” he reiterated, echoing several other candidates. “That’s not an endorsement I would seek.”