Morning Read ‘The Gentle Pleasures of Root Canal’

Bill de Blasio last week. (Photo: Getty)

Bill de Blasio last week. (Photo: Getty)

Headline of the Day: “Next Mayor May Be Tallest, but Hoops Isn’t His Game.”

The New York Times and WNYC did deep dives into Bill de Blasio‘s early childhood and relationship with his parents. “I have a real respect, and a real anger and sadness at the same time,” Mr. de Blasio said of his father, who became estranged from the family. “I don’t think I’ve ever been able to do the math on exactly what it all means.”

Newsday compared Mr. de Blasio’s style on the campaign trail to rival Joe Lhota: “Bill de Blasio often bends his 6-foot-5 frame low to look voters in the eye, squeeze a shoulder and shake their hands … Lhota listens intensely to would-be constituents … Looking for an icebreaker at a recent stop in Queens, he pointed to a man’s team cap and said, ‘Go, Rangers.’”

While New York Post columnist Andrea Peyser has another scathing column against Mr. de Blasio, this one over Friday’s interview on actor Alec Baldwin‘s new MSNBC show: “After enduring the self-serving, white-guy blah blah — Raise taxes! Cuff the cops! — I longed for the gentle pleasures of root canal. At least you get something for the pain.”

Charles Hynes‘s campaign, arguing they have a path to victory, released an internal poll showing him behind rival Ken Thompson 48 to 36 percent, but winning after testing a negative message against Mr. Thompson. The Thompson campaign noted that it’s not usually a sign of strength to release an internal poll showing your candidate behind.

And the Lhota campaign released new ad hitting Mr. de Blasio on charter schools: