This week’s New York cover is eye-catching, certainly: a cover story on mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio and his multiracial family, of whom the media can’t seem to get enough. (Dante’s hair! Chiara’s flowers and/or college! Chirlane McCray’s lesbian past!)
But there’s more to it than immediately meets the eye.
Bill Thompson’s mayoral dream has officially ended.
At a City Hall press conference flanked by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and some of Mr. Thompson’s most ardent supporters, including Congressman Charlie Rangel and teachers’ union president Michael Mulgrew, the former comptroller today endorsed his one-time Democratic opponent, Bill de Blasio, in the mayor’s race.
“I am proud to stand here today and support Bill de Blasio to be the next mayor of the City of New York,” said Mr. Thompson.
Following new revelations about the NYPD’s surveillance of Muslim New Yorkers–including allegations that entire mosques were deemed terrorist organizations–the reaction in some quarters of city politics was swift.
Comptroller John Liu, a candidate for mayor, was particularly incensed by today’s Associated Press report on the issue, calling an emergency press conference near his office.
As Anthony Weiner continues to try–and often fail–to pivot the media conversation away from his sexting scandals, he released a sequel to his “Keys to the City” idea book today. The new one is creatively entitled: “Even More Keys to the City.”
At a gusty afternoon press conference on a Queens pier overlooking the East River, Mr. Weiner made the case for his esoteric proposals, accompanied by his spokeswoman making her first foray to a public event since her now-infamous “slutbag” rant.
Just weeks ago, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s campaign appeared to be treading water.
He was behind in the public polls. He had failed to unify labor. And the unlikely comeback candidacy of former Congressman Anthony Weiner—another outspoken, progressive with outer borough branding—seemed like the nail in the proverbial coffin, eliminating his path to victory.
But as it turns out, Mr. Weiner’s entry has turned into a blessing for Mr. de Blasio, at least as far as public polling is concerned.
Anthony Weiner’s new sexting scandal has taking its toll both on the former congressman himself and his standing in the mayoral race.
In the first poll taken since Mr. Weiner admitted Tuesday to continuing digital affairs after his resignation–and after proclaiming himself to be a changed man a year later–Mr. Weiner’s one-time lead has whittled.
Joe Lhota stepped up to the plate today for his one-time boss, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Mr. Lhota, currently running for mayor himself, sent out a press release blasting former mayor David Dinkins’ comments about his loss to Mr. Giuliani in 1993.
“I think it was just racism, pure and simple,” Mr. Dinkins wrote in his forthcoming memoir, highlighted in a New York Times piece published yesterday.
In a Hollywood Reporter roundtable with likely Best Actress/Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominees, Viola Davis talks about reviewers’ strangely stunted vocabularies when describing her performances:
THR: One critic said you brought dignity to that character with restraint. Do you agree?
Davis: (Smiles painfully.) I love and hate the word “dignity.” I feel it’s Read More
Michele Norris is the first black female to host a major weekday show at NPR, but there was no mention of her in This Is NPR, a book celebrating the 40th anniversary of the public radio organization.
Norris told the Tampa Bay Tribune that she was “disappointed” by her Read More
David Mamet’s new play is here! The play that was to be Mamet, back in classic Mamet form! With a plot so incendiary that nothing about it could be revealed before performances started! With its poster and Playbill cover featuring only a simple, sexy shot of a shapely black woman’s legs in a slinky, red-sequined Read More