Bloom and Doom
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.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg trashed Washington Republicans today for pushing the country to the brink of a partial government shutdown in their effort to block President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law.
“This is an outrage. They cannot hold the country hostage to what is just plain and simple politics,” Mr. Bloomberg declared at an unrelated press conference this morning, raging at the concept of negotiating policy issues with the threat of shutting down the federal government.
A week after losing his race for mayor, ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner has found a new calling: punditry.
Mr. Weiner appeared on NY1′s Road to City Hall last night to pontificate on the political landscape he’d just left. He did the same in the pages of the Daily News this morning. In both cases, the failed candidate reflected on the Democrat who bested him in the primary.
Endorsing Bill de Blasio was a move fraught with risk in May.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn was the vaunted front-runner in the mayor’s race, according to the polls. It was widely assumed that former Comptroller Bill Thompson, the only black candidate in the race, would consolidate the minority vote.
But the influential healthcare workers’ union went with Mr. de Blasio, the city’s public advocate, who now stands as the all-but-assured Democratic nominee for mayor. Mr. de Blasio repaid their faith by making potential hospital closures a centerpiece of his campaign: in July, he was even arrested for protesting the closures of two Brooklyn hospitals, a move that gave him needed publicity.
Through the Liu-king Glass
Although the chaotic Democratic mayoral primary has ended with Bill de Blasio emerging the victor, the race to replace the public advocate is just ramping up.
The October 1 runoff between Brooklyn Councilwoman Tish James and State Senator Daniel Squadron is widely seen as a tossup by political insiders, who note each Democrat carries glaring strengths and weaknesses into the contest. While Ms. James has a broad labor coalition and would be the only non-white Democrat to win a nomination, Mr. Squadron has enjoyed a fund-raising advantage and solid debate performances thus far.
Even though he finished a distant fourth in last week’s Democratic primary, Comptroller John Liu was surprisingly upbeat yesterday.
Speaking at a Manhattan “volunteer appreciation party”–he has four more such parties scheduled today–the failed mayoral candidate told Politicker he was ready to look outside of politics for his next gig.
Democratic leaders and labor unions are making it very clear they do not want a runoff election.
Standing before the steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall, a mass of elected officials and unions, including the labor-backed Working Families Party, officially endorsed Public Advocate Bill de Blasio for mayor today.
They join Rev. Al Sharpton and other labor leaders who announced their support for Mr. de Blasio yesterday.
Election Day: 2013apalooza
It was a rough night for redemption-seekers.
Four scandal-scarred candidates–Eliot Spitzer, Anthony Weiner, Vito Lopez and Micah Kellner–all failed to win their bids last night, despite, in some of their cases, vaster war chests and soaring name recognition.
All four candidates succumbed to an onslaught of toxic press and apparent voter fatigue over the circus-like atmosphere of the election after Mr. Weiner and Mr. Spitzer jumped into the fray.
John Catsimatidis disembarked from his Election Day “Catsimatidis Express” tour bus today in Brooklyn only to hit a sudden halt minutes later.
Mr. Catsimatidis, who is battling it out with Republican rival Joe Lhota in today’s mayoral primary, emerged from his ride this afternoon with an entourage that included his daughter, local Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis and several reporters. But as he walked into a Bay Ridge polling site inside of a school building–treacherous ground for candidates–he encountered several people who very much wanted the billionaire businessman to scram.
“You really shouldn’t be around here,” complained one poll worker as Mr. Catsimatidis glad-handed with voters.