If there was any question that Bill de Blasio is the mayoral race’s new front-runner, there isn’t any more.
A new poll conducted by Quinnipiac University has the city’s public advocate with 36 percent of the likely Democratic vote, placing him within reaching distance of avoiding a widely-expected runoff election.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, the surprising new front-runner in the topsy-turvy mayor’s race, is now getting a taste of his own medicine.
After spending months slamming City Council Speaker Christine Quinn over her decision to overturn term limits to allow the current mayor to run for a third term, Mr. de Blasio is facing Read More
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With just two weeks before voters head to the polls, two Democratic mayoral candidates are increasingly relying on celebrity surrogates to make their cases.
This morning, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio released a slickly-produced web video featuring a whole host of bold-faced names, including actor Steve Buscemi, Sex in the City star Cynthia Nixon and plenty others. Music business magnate Russell Simmons, also in the video, is further set to appear with Mr. de Blasio on the campaign trail this afternoon.
That was fast.
Less than half a day after copies of the New York Post shipped out across the city with their reluctant endorsement of her mayoral campaign on the cover, Council Speaker Christine Quinn is out with a new ad touting her support from the city’s three big daily papers.
On the heels of major endorsements from the city’s three leading papers, Christine Quinn rallied forward with a different sort of nod this morning: from tennis champion Billie Jean King.
The endorsement–on Women’s Equality Day and the kick-off of the U.S. Open Tennis Championship in Flushing Meadows, Queens–was well-timed for Ms. Quinn, who is vying to become the first female mayor of New York City.
“I think she’s our champion,” declared Ms. King at a press conference on the wooden walkway leading to her namesake tennis center. “I look at Christine Quinn and see how she’s pragmatic and she gets things done.”
Dowd But Not Out
A coalition of labor unions has launched a major Spanish-language radio campaign touting City Council Speaker Christine Quinn for mayor.
SEIU 32BJ, the Hotel Trades Council, the Mason Tenders District Council and Teamsters Joint Local 16 have teamed up as “Unidos para Comunidades Trabajadoras” for the one-minute spot, which touts Ms. Quinn’s record and declares: “It’s time we had a mayor who looks out for us.”
Veni Vidi Veto
Don’t expect Margaret Sullivan, The New York Times‘ public editor, to join those calling for columnist Maureen Dowd to be axed over what they charge is a serial pattern of inaccuracy.
The Observer reached out to Ms. Sullivan to find out if she planned to weigh in on Ms. Dowd’s latest controversy: significantly misquoting a mayoral candidate’s wife so a policy-laden argument had the aura of a political cheap shot.
Dowd But Not Out
The City Council has voted to override Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto of two controversial bills aimed at reining in the NYPD’s controversial use of stop-and-frisk.
Despite aggressive attempts by Mr. Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly to peel away support, a bill to create an independent inspector general to oversee the department passed 39-10. A second bill, which would extend the definition of racial profiling and allow those who feel wronged to sue in state court passed 34-15.
Chirlane McCray’s not backing down either.
Ms. McCray, the wife of mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio, last night defended controversial–and incorrectly quoted–comment she made about de Blasio rival Christine Quinn in an interview with New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd. Ms. Quinn, who is openly gay, slammed the remark as a personal attack on her for being childless.
There was a very tall target in tonight’s mayoral debate in the form of Bill de Blasio.
The latest front-runner in the topsy-turvey race took repeated hits from his rivals at a heated debate where the candidates faced off on issues ranging from income inequality to driving while texting, with less than three weeks to go until primary day.