Mr. Mayor Goes to Washington
Monday Morning Quarterbacking
Mayor Bill de Blasio today predicted a movement led by the nation’s mayors to force Congress’s hand on a slew of progressive issues, including new infrastructure investments in cities across the country.
In a speech in front of the U.S. Conference of Mayors this morning, Mr. de Blasio called on his fellow mayors to forge a “new national urban consensus together–not just around priorities like pre-K and paid sick leave, but around strategic investments in affordable housing and 21st century transportation,” as well as new funding for roads and mass transit.
After an electoral loss, it’s never hard to find pundits who, with the benefit of hindsight, can tell you exactly what went wrong.
Still, the long, brutal decline of City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s mayoral campaign stands out. She had dominated the early polls of the race—at one point approaching the 40 percent needed to avoid a runoff. Last night, as the votes poured in, she was ultimately relegated to a distant third, holding just 15.5 percent of the primary vote.
At her somber election party, campaign staffers and surrogates acknowledged they had underestimated voters’ deep frustrations with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and demand for a change in leadership—a message seized on early by Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, the decisive winner in the race. “New Yorkers have made it clear that they want a very different direction,” said Ms. Quinn’s campaign spokesman Mike Morey, referring to what he coined “Bloomberg fatigue.”
Progresssive PR Wreck
Last week, Progressive Insurance had the biggest social media #FAIL of its history when it decided to engage Matt Fisher, a young Brooklyn comedian who wrote a Tumblr post accusing the auto insurance agency of refusing to pay out the premium on his sister’s policy after she was killed in a car accident. In fact, Progressive went so far as to list itself with the defendant of the case in a civil suit.
Now, insurance companies do shady shit all the time. That’s why they are insurance companies an are run by guys who look like Ted Bundy with capped teeth. But they usually aren’t stupid. Yet Progressive’s reaction to Mr. Fisher’s claim wasn’t just to send out a press release saying how sorry they were for the unfortunate turn of events, but actually take to Twitter, where they launched a robo-tweet campaign claiming their innocence at anyone who tried to say otherwise.
This, obviously, did not have great results.
Death and Tumblr
Previously: [Comedian Matt Fisher Claims Sister’s Auto Pros USA Insurance Paid for Her Killer’s Lawyers]
[Update: Progressive Auto-Tweets to ‘Killer’ Claim, Matt Fisher Shoots Back]
Never underestimate the power of internet shaming! Not five days after New York comedian Matt Fisher recounted the tragic story of his sister’s fatal car accident and her auto insurance company that went so far as to intervene on behalf of the defendant in court to avoid paying out the premium on her policy, Progressive has agreed to pony up the entire amount due to the Fisher family.
If you’re going to only read one Tumblr post today (no, animated GIFs don’t count), make it Matt Fisher’s: the New York-based comedian posted an equally devastating and amazing (as in, not to be believed) story about Progressive, the auto insurance company, and the lengths they went to not to pay out for his sister’s death after she her car was hit by a reckless driver.