At the Working Families Party’s mayoral forum yesterday, one moment that stood out to me was when Bill Thompson was asked, basically, if he has any chance of beating Michael Bloomberg.
If there was a moment to rally the troops, prove doubters wrong, and summon the courage of their convictions, this was it.
“Let me quote somebody who said rich guys don’t always win,” said Thompson, borrowing a line from Bloomberg, who, earlier in the event, defended his unlimited campaign.
Then Thompson spoke of his grass-roots campaign, “The likes of which New York City has never seen,” he said.
Another key part of the campaign, he said, is uniting the “Democrats who have felt shut out for years and years and years from City Hall.”
And most importantly, he added, “There’s an energy out there right now that’s left over from the Barack Obama election last year.”
And that was that.