Headline of the Day: “Astoria City Council candidate claims New Orleans home as primary residence.”
Chiara de Blasio explained her “boring white guy” comment to New York. “I meant that a lot of politicians are white and may not have cultural knowledge or interest in every racial or social background. But my dad went to Nicaragua during the Sandinista movement. He has visited multiple countries in Africa. He’s a very worldly person,” she said.
According to Mike Ryan, the executive director of the Board of Elections, the counting of votes from last Tuesday’s primary is “on schedule,” but that schedule will not be publicly released to avoid “undue pressure” on the agency’s staff. At the end of the article, Mr. Ryan quotes Forrest Gump to make his point: “I’ll quote Forrest Gump: ‘And that’s all I have to say about that.’”
New York Post columnist Bob McManus wrote some harsh words against Bill de Blasio for brushing off Occupiers: “Occupy Wall Street turned two years old yesterday, and Bill de Blasio didn’t even send a birthday cake. The ingrate. For if ever a politician has owed spoiled, bad-tempered kids a loud shout-out, it’s the 2013 Democratic candidate for mayor.”
The Daily News‘s Harry Siegel opined on a tangent subject: “As Bill de Blasio — who won just a quarter-million votes in a crowded Democratic primary filled with tainted candidates — is hailed as a progressive hero, it’s worth noting that his economic first principles are nearly identical to those of Michael Bloomberg, the mayor he’s running as the antidote to.”
Former Mayor David Dinkins is okay if this year’s mayoral race is a referendum on his own race against Rudy Giuliani, on one condition. “If it’s a rematch of ’89 that’s fine because we prevailed in ’89, whereas in ’93 we did not,” he suggested on Road to City Hall. Mr. Dinkins further defended his much-maligned administration’s policies on crime and the like.
State Senator Kevin Parker weighed in on Mr. de Blasio’s electoral success against Bill Thompson in the black community. “I think that what you’re starting to see is, frankly, black candidates taking black candidates for granted and thinking that they have their votes,” Mr. Parker told City & State. “I think that Public Advocate de Blasio did not subscribe to that.”
And there was some excitement in a southern Brooklyn City Council race yesterday. Democrat Igor Oberman is reportedly moving forward on the Working Families Party line–a move that could hurt fellow Russian-American David Storobin, the GOP candidate. Meanwhile, another losing Democrat accused Mr. Oberman of dirty tricks designed to boost Mr. Storobin.