Bill de Blasio Targets the Hipster Vote

(Photo: Twitter/deBlasioNYC)

(Photo: Twitter/deBlasioNYC)

Would it be ironic to vote for Bill de Blasio? Politicker isn’t quite sure but Mr. de Blasio, the city’s public advocate, is apparently hoping that’s the case.

The Brooklyn-based mayoral candidate tweeted out a photo of his younger, mullet-styled days earlier this afternoon with the tagline “Hipsters for de Blasio” to promote his latest fund-raiser: a meet-and-greet with Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro at Rosco’s Pizza on Franklin Avenue.

If Ms. DeLauro sounds familiar, that’s likely because the Connecticut lawmaker was once dubbed the “Hipster Congresswoman” and featured on the Tumblr “Rosa DeLauro is a fucking hipster” that went viral three years ago.

The fund-raiser marks the latest in a series of events by the lagging campaign to target a group that has arguably been left out of the usual round of stops at churches and senior centers.

“We’re reaching to out progressives in communities across this city who want real change from the Bloomberg-Quinn era, the tight jeans and ironic facial hair set included,” said Mr. de Blasio’s spokesman, Dan Levitan. Mr. de Blasio himself spent the afternoon with Mr. de Blasio greeting voters at the Bedford Avenue L train stop in Williamsburg, Ground Zero of hipsterdome.

While some, including pollster Jefrey Pollock, have argued that hipsters don’t comprise a voting bloc (“Hipster is not a defining characteristic,” he recently told the New Republic, adding that “none of the candidates are hipsters,”) the campaign nonetheless believes that there are a significant number of young, progressive Democrats in New York–many across northwest Brooklyn–who could be prime de Blasio converts.

Lincoln Restler, a Democratic activist and de Blasio supporter in northern Brooklyn, told Politicker that Mr. de Blasio’s political priorities simply mesh with many of the younger people in his community.

“Bill de blasio is absolutely the progressive candidate in the race for mayor,” Mr. Restler argued. “As a Brooklyn resident, Bill understands the challenges that 20- and 30-something-year-olds are facing in trying to figure out how we can get by in this incredibly expensive city.”

(This is despite the fact that Mr. de Blasio has shaved his old beard, cut his hair and moved out of  his presumably musty apartment.)

With reporting from Colin Campbell.

Correction (4:20 p.m.): An earlier version of this post stated Mr. Levitan was with Mr. de Blasio in Williamsburg greeting hipsters together; they were in two separate locations.