Bill de Blasio has been repeatedly called a “Marxist” as he campaigns for mayor this year, but the Socialist Workers Party candidate in the race strongly disagrees.
Asked about the characterization last night on NY1′s Road to City Hall, Daniel Fein let out an audible scoff.
A hodgepodge of third-party candidates collided at a mayoral forum last night, debating their grand visions for the city–even if they have little chance of reaching Gracie Mansion.
Although seven hopefuls attended the curious Chelsea event–at one point, an elderly musical act known as the “Raging Grannies” harmonized about recycling–Democrat Bill de Blasio, Republican Joe Lhota and Adolfo Carrión, the Independence Party’s pick, were visibly absent.
Because Why Not
Former Congressman Anthony Weiner doesn’t receive many endorsements for his embattled mayoral campaign these days, but he certainly landed one this morning.
Jimmy McMillan, a perennial candidate whose “The Rent Is Too Damn High” anthem and political party has made him a household name, rolled out his support for Mr. Weiner and urged the scandal-scarred candidate to stay in the race.
Playing the Field
New York City’s last two mayors each left an indelible mark on the city. Rudy Giuliani’s eight years are remembered for his crime crackdown, the Disneyfication of Times Square and millions weeping as one after the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history. Mike Bloomberg’s town is an emerging tech hub, dotted with modern public spaces and glass towers, and packed with tourists and ex-smokers riding their bikes to Whole Foods. All that, plus a yogurt store on every block, $4,500 one-bedroom apartments in once-forsaken Brooklyn neighborhoods and a growing class divide that makes Downton Abbey look like a socialist commune. On the positive side: there’s still no Walmart here.
Among all public officials, the mayor is the one who shapes our day-to-day lives the most: not just our subways, schools and streets, but our ethos and identity as a city. This mayoral election, New York City’s first with no incumbent in more than a decade, has attracted a slew of hopefuls eager to remake the city in their own images. And what images they are. Assembled at the starting line are a quartet of formidable Democrats, alongside a 9/11 conspiracy theorist, a man with his own catchphrase and action figure, and a vibrator-wielding, marijuana smoking, alligator-hugging YouTube ranter.
Jimmy McMillan isn’t done with us yet. The man, the legend who electrified the political scene briefly in 2010 with his amazing debate performances and unnaturally epic facial hair is suing the NY State Board of Elections for leaving the word “damn” out of the name of his party, “The Rent Is 2 DAMN High Party.” In a complaint filed earlier this week McMillan said NY State Board of Elections officials have a “‘BIAS’ against the word DAMN in the Rent Is 2 DAMN High Party name.”
Can you feel it? The wave of schadenfreude rippling through the dowdy real estate brokerages and glass-faced, wood-paneled developers’ suites of the city? Look no further than the comments on industry organ The Real Deal. The news that Jimmy McMillan might be evicted from a rent-controlled apartment in the East Village has shocked and delighted the real estate community. His landlord has taken him to court, but the evidence against him is littered across the Internet.
I was out of the country when Jimmy McMillan of the Rent Is Too Damn High Party put on his gubernatorial debate performance, and have only just now gotten around to subscribing to his newsletter. As best I can tell, Mr. McMillan’s platform is that New York City rents are too damn high and that’s Read More
While Andrew Cuomo and Carl Paladino are keeping up a maddening pace criss-crossing the state, the five “other” candidates for governor are mostly taking it easy today and tomorrow.
Warren Redlich, Libertarian Party: No campaign events. “Our campaign has been heavily focused on the internet and we will continue working there,” Redlich said Read More
One of the few candidates receiving positive attention after last night’s gubernatorial debate is Jimmy McMillan, the cartoonishly mustachioed candidate from the Rent is Too Damn High Party.
“To be honest with you I was cool as hell,” McMillan told The Observer in a brief phone interview. “Even with my gloves on I was freezing, Read More
ROUND 'EM UP
- The Rent Is Too Damn High Party’s Jimmy McMillan “explains” why he was wearing black gloves during last night’s debate. The rationale? Agent Orange. This dude is awesome. Also, there’s an opening for RITDH Party member #4.
- Gillibrand gets a spread in Vogue, and the writer says he thought she Read More