Long before Howard Wolfson signed up to work on re-electing Michael Bloomberg, he criticized the mayor’s spending habits, saying after the 2005 mayoral race that his expenditure of tens of millions of dollars against overmatched opponents “distorts the terms of the debate.”
Last night, Wolfson appeared on New York 1 News, where reporter Michael Scotto asked how Bloomberg’s spending could have distorted the debate in 2005 against Freddy Ferrer, but not have the same effect now against Bill Thompson.
“Look, Freddy Ferrer came and was running in a different time,” said Wolfson. “Although Howard Dean was able to raise some money on the Internet, he didn’t have the same possibilities that there are today. Bill Thompson is not catching on. That’s the bottom line.”