Politicker may be over-analyzing this a little, but a new mailer sent on behalf of mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio appears to strike a revolutionary note.
The mailer, courtesy of the Communications Workers of America, Local 1, features the image of a stoic and red-tinged Mr. de Blasio super-imposed on an iconic star-burst design.
“Bill stood with us to: … Demand the rich pay their fair share in taxes, so we can have good schools, health care and other vital public services,” it reads.
While the imagery, which one observer described as “socialist realism,” is free of hammers and sickles, it nonetheless reminded some of the communist and socialist propaganda of the 1960s.
“The mailer looks like the second coming of Mao,” quipped one political observer. “The proletariat would be proud.”
Mr. de Blasio, of course, has been running as the race’s most progressive candidate, with policies aimed at correcting what he has repeatedly described as a “tale of two cities” where the rich are getting richer and the poor poorer.
His policy plans include raising taxes on the wealthy to fund universal pre-school and after-school programs.
“Every single time we’ve needed him, Bill de Blasio has been there for us. Now, for our futures, we need to be there for him,” the mailer reads.
Mr. de Blasio’s campaign declined to comment, citing a policy of not responding to independent expenditures, which are barred from co-coordinating with campaigns.
A representative for the CWA, which frequently uses the color red, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
See the full mailer here:
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