a bronx tale
They may be trying to defeat him in the polls, but Bill de Blasio’s mayoral opponents have his back on this one.
Christine Quinn, Bill Thompson and John Liu all criticized Mayor Michael Bloomberg for labeling Mr. de Blasio’s campaign “racist” because it prominently features his mixed-race family, according to a New York magazine interview published this morning.
For Bill Thompson, the Bronx is burning–for his attention.
Just four days before the September primary, the Democratic mayoral candidate is in the midst of spending his full Friday–from dawn until dusk–shuffling between at least a dozen publicized events in the borough, visiting seniors, public school parents, union members, African leaders and capping it all off with a block party with Willie Colon later this evening.
Former Comptroller Bill Thompson spent the day criss-crossing Upper Manhattan, trying to the rally black and Latino voters he’s counting on less than a week before the primary.
For part of the afternoon, the mayoral candidate, who is polling in second place, was shepherded through Harlem by a local Imam and other African leaders, who greeted residents and business owners to the beat of traditional West African drums.
“The next mayor of New York!” declared Imam Konate Souleimane, dressed in a traditional white robe, at a small gathering before the group hit the streets, where he stressed the need for leaders to get their communities out to vote.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, fighting for her political life, has released the first blatantly negative ad in the Democratic mayor’s race, going after front-runner Bill de Blasio.
The ad urges voters to “take a closer look” at the candidate, who has soared in the polls by selling himself as a staunch progressive who will provide the clearest break from the Bloomberg years.
With his prospects next Tuesday looking less than sunny, former Congressman Anthony Weiner tested out a new career Wednesday morning with a stint hosting the weather on Fox 5′s morning show.
About halfway through an awkward early morning interview on Good Day New York, the mayoral candidate was asked what he plans to do if he loses.
The final debate between the Democratic rivals for mayor turned especially catty tonight–especially when the show moved from broadcast television to an online feed–as the candidates made their final pitches to voters one week before the primary.
Once again, front-runner Bill de Blasio had a giant target on his back, but this time the constant digs seemed to take their toll, with the public advocate constantly on defense over his policy plans as well as his record.
“He will say anything depending on whose votes he’s trying to get,” said Christine Quinn, who once led the public polls and ignored Mr. de Blasio, but now finds herself in third place as she hits him on a whole range of issues.
An Orthodox Approach
This is it: The last chance for the Democratic mayoral candidates to face off before voters head to the polls a week from today.
And like professional athletes ahead of a big game, each candidate has his or her own way of preparing for the high-stakes showdown. From rocking out to favorite bands to role-playing with aides, here’s what the candidates will be doing ahead of tonight’s final televised debate.
As a yarmulke-wearing Bill Thompson showed on a muggy Monday night, the road to victory in the mayor’s race may be partially paved by men with frock coats and billowing beards.
The ex-comptroller met with some influential rabbis to earn their blessings and, more importantly, the votes they potentially carry. Nibbling on rugelach and sipping alcohol, Mr. Thompson schmoozed with five leaders from various religious sects spanning Williamsburg and Boro Park, where burgeoning Orthodox Jewish populations are looking to make a dent in next Tuesday’s election.
For much of the rest of the week, Hasidic rabbis will be praying during Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, making the night a unique opportunity for Mr. Thompson as the September 10 Democratic primary looms just one week away.
Beating Up Bill
A day after a baby boy was shot to death in his stroller, mayoral candidate Bill Thompson is saying enough is enough.
“There must be a new era of community policing,” Mr. Thompson declared at a press conference today, standing solemnly beside his wife, outraged community leaders and grieving residents. They were next to an abandoned lot in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, where 1-year-old Antiq Hennis was killed.
Christine Quinn and Bill Thompson played whack-a-de Blasio at the West Indian Parade today.
Holding court outside the pre-parade breakfast in East Flatbush, Ms. Quinn and Mr. Thompson separately ripped Public Advocate Bill de Blasio on a whole host of issues, demonstrating that the front-running mayoral contender would continue to bear the brunt of their attacks with about a week to go until Election Day.