Cup of Joe
Joe Lhota stumped last night in an Orthodox Jewish enclave of Queens, more whimsical than prickly in the final days of a long and bitter mayoral campaign.
Taking about as many swings at Bill de Blasio as he can muster, Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota tacked to the left today to bash his Democratic opponent on the controversial Atlantic Yards development in Brooklyn.
The Joys of Literature
The mayoral race today went from ferocious to bookish.
At an immigration rally on the steps of City Hall, the race’s front-runner, Bill de Blasio, repeatedly flaunted his 69-page policy booklet, waving and leafing through his raft of proposals as a way to demonstrate to the press–and his Republican rival, Joe Lhota, who was not present–that he is indeed a candidate of big ideas.
Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota tangled bitterly in the second mayoral debate of the general election, butting heads on stop-and-frisk, a controversial campaign ad and the legacies of the Giuliani and Dinkins administrations.
Mr. Lhota, hinting that he’d ramp up his attacks after a far milder performance during their first face-off last week, this time came out swinging, painting Mr. de Blasio as an ineffectual, partisan politician whose election would result in the return of violence to city streets.
Bill de Blasio’s fund-raiser tonight with Hillary Clinton is expected to bring in over $1 million for his mayoral campaign, according to a source with knowledge of the the sum–and Mr. de Blasio couldn’t be more thrilled.
The Democratic front-runner gushed on and on about the former secretary of state at a press conference this morning, declaring “there’s literally no one more respected in this country.”
New Kids on the Bloc
With just three weeks to go before Election Day, Muslim leaders and activists gathered in Brooklyn to rally for Bill de Blasio today, hoping their various grievances with the Bloomberg administration would be addressed by a more sympathetic mayor.
The Daily News fired a broadside at Bill de Blasio this morning, charging that the Democratic mayoral candidate “eats his pizza with the 1%” because he said the iconic Brooklyn pizzeria Di Fara has the best slice in town.
But this accusation may have overreached, according to a friendly Di Fara Pizza employee when reached for comment.
One year after wading into what he had dubbed a “lion’s den” of big business bigwigs gathered at an Association for a Better New York breakfast, Bill de Blasio returned to the prominent civic group this morning to reaffirm his left-leaning vision for the city.
Hunt for Red October
“Get out of New York,” Glenn Beck warned his audience yesterday. “Why? Because of who the next mayor is going to be.”
Mr. Beck, the outspoken conservative who now has a program on TheBlaze TV, made clear he is very concerned about Bill de Blasio, the Democratic front-runner in this year’s mayoral race.
rose colored glasses
For Joe Lhota, the mayor’s race is no bed of roses.
The Republican candidate slammed his front-running rival Bill de Blasio today for limiting his public appearances in the wake of his primary victory–a “Rose Garden” strategy similar to that employed by incumbent presidents who ignore their opponents, some have observed.