Sharpton Endorses de Blasio, Recalls Mark Green and 2001

The Rev. Al Sharpton endorsed Bill de Blasio for public advocate this morning at City Hall. It’s Sharpton’s first endorsement of a citywide candidate this year.
At the event, Sharpton was asked to assess the candidacy of Mark Green, the front-runner and former public advocate.
“I have not seen much of Mr. Green’s campaign where I have been,” said Sharpton.
One reporter asked if the endorsement was “damaging” to Green, who Sharpton worked closely with in the 1990s when Rudy Giuliani was mayor.
“He and I have had a very interesting history since the ’90s. There’s a thing called 2001,” said Sharpton, referring to the year when Green narrowly defeated Fernando Ferrer in a racially divisive run-off for the Democratic Party’s mayoral nomination.

Sharpton Endorses de Blasio, Recalls Mark Green and 2001