Joe Lhota may have spent much of last night’s first debate on the defensive, but he came out swinging this morning during an early interview on Fox 5.
Hunt for Red October
Although Rudy Giuliani certainly cleaned up the city real good, all it meant to most of us indie rockers on the LES in ’94 was that we could no longer drink cheap beer from the bodega by CBGB’s out on the sidewalk before and between band sets. CB’s prices were outrageous! I mean, really, those of us who weren’t squatting in Alphabet City were renting windowless converted storage spaces underneath tenements on 13th street, and “dinner out” consisted of attending art gallery openings for the free grapes and cheese. Read More
Joe Lhota seemed to transport the city back to the 1950s this week, accusing his Democratic opponent, Bill de Blasio, of deploying strategies “directly out of the Marxist playbook.”
By making the charge, Mr. Lhota is operating from another playbook: His old boss’s.
rolling with rudy
It was a meeting that would have been unimaginable 15 years ago.
Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota, who served as deputy mayor under Rudy Giuliani, tonight sat down with Rev. Al Sharpton, the civil rights leader who maintained an infamously antagonistic relationship the Giuliani administration.
But everything went smoothly enough today. The pair emerged following a 30-minute meeting to a room full of press, but offered few details of the exchange, which Mr. Sharpton described as “cordial and candid.”
Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani joined the campaign trail today, making a final push for his former deputy mayor, Joe Lhota, and threatening doom and gloom if a Democrat is elected in November.
Standing in Mr. Lhota’s campaign headquarters near Grand Central station this morning, Mr. Giuliani praised Mr. Lhota as the only candidate qualified to be mayor, comparing the current Democratic field to former Public Advocate Mark Green, who would have taken over if anything had happened to him when he was mayor.
As Seen on TV
Former Deputy Mayor Joe Lhota is getting a boost from his old boss right before Election Day next Tuesday.
“You’ll see him this weekend,” the GOP mayoral candidate said when asked about former Mayor Rudy Giuliani in an interview on Fox 5′s Good Day New York this morning. “Bring your cameras out. You’ll be able to see him.”
pulling out the pink
With just over two weeks to go before they face off in the September 10 Republican primary, John Catsimatidis and Joe Lhota have taken their battle to the air.
Mr. Catsimatidis, a billionaire who is self-financing his campaign, recently suggested that he would avoid dropping “nuclear bombs”–his word for attack ads–unless his GOP rival, Mr. Lhota, went negative first. But it seems Mr. Catsimatidis has decided to drop them anyway.
A Cup of Joe
Standing alongside her rivals at the first broadcast debate of the mayor’s race, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the contest’s former front-runner, seemed like a candy-coated version of herself.
Suited up to stand out in a bright pink dress and powder-pink jacket, the famously brash Ms. Quinn spoke slowly and softly, her head cocked slightly to the side, seemingly coached to dig into her opponents and deliver repeated talking points with a frozen smile.
“Quinn trapped in consultant Saran Wrap,” remarked one noted columnist of the wooden performance. One stunned Democratic operative described “a Stepford wife version of Chris Quinn.” A writer, pegging Ms. Quinn “the grinning assassin,” suggested she was “smiling and speaking slowly, as if trying not to alarm the audience.”
In an interview with Politicker after the forum, Ms. Quinn ascribed the observations to nerves ahead of the biggest primary debate yet.
Chairman of the Bored
Joe Lhota took his mayoral campaign to southwest Brooklyn today, and the first-time candidate insisted he knows what he’s doing.
“There’s an urban myth about my retail campaigning,” Mr. Lhota, a Republican, told Politicker. “I’ve campaigned not as the candidate, but out front with Rudy Giuliani in ’89 and ’93. I ran with a campaign manager for a whole bunch of people who ran for student body president in college. I understand what you need to do.”
Some politicians adore campaigning; buttonholing commuters, making the church rounds to share their visions for the city and having heart-to-hearts at senior centers.
And then there are candidates like Joe Lhota, the leading Republican running for mayor.
Chatting up passersby recently outside a subway stop on the Upper East Side, Mr. Lhota’s energetic hellos and handshakes were interspersed with awkward pauses and commentary, as he stood with his hands on his hips, arms framing a bulky white shirt and blue striped tie.
“I’m leaving as soon as it starts raining,” he said to his staff, only half-joking, during a lull between handshakes under an increasingly threatening sky.