De Blasio Hits College-Aged Lhota for Supporting Barry Goldwater

Goldwater Girls
Two “Goldwater Girls” from the era. (Photo: getty)

The mayor’s race is packing up and going to college.

Joe Lhota has repeatedly skewered Democrat Bill de Blasio for supporting the leftist Sandinista regime in his younger days. And now Mr. de Blasio, who remains far ahead in the polls, is returning the favor.

In a move that marks a shift in its tactics, the de Blasio campaign issued an aggressive new statement today attacking Mr. Lhota after a front-page New York Times story detailed Mr. Lhota’s past support for Senator Barry Goldwater. The Times described Mr. Goldwater, an outspoken conservative who once ran for president, as Mr. Lhota’s “boyhood hero.”

The statement–likely an attempt by the de Blasio camp to brand Mr. Lhota as a right-wing Republican too extreme for New York City voters–features the “top 10 facts” about Mr. Lhota’s “icon, extreme conservative Barry Goldwater.”  The list includes Mr. Goldwater’s famous “extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice” quote, his vote against the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and his support for using nuclear weapons in Vietnam.

The Lhota campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

View Mr. de Blasio’s release below:


Brooklyn, NY – The New York Times today detailed Joe Lhota’s life-long adulation of extreme conservative Barry Goldwater. Here are 10 facts about the man credited as the father of the modern conservative movement:

1. Goldwater Explicitly Supported GOP Extremism and Denounced Moderation: “Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is No Vice.”[THNRK, “Father of Conservative ‘Extremism’”, 8/27/2012]

2. Goldwater Opposed the Brown vs. Board of Education Court Decision, Stating Racial Segregation in Mississippi and South Carolina is “Their Business, Not Mine.” [History News Network, “Barry Goldwater and the Civil Rights Acts: The Antecedent to Rand Paul”]

3. Goldwater Voted Against Civil Rights Act of 1964. [NY Times, “Civil Rights Bill Passed, 73-27; Johnson Urges All To Comply; Dirksen Berates Goldwater,” 6/19/1964]Description:

4. Goldwater Claimed the Civil Rights Act Was Unconstitutional and Would Promote Racial Intolerance, Opening the Door to a “Police-State System of Enforcement” [“Barry Goldwater for President 1964 Campaign Brochure: “Barry Goldwater Speaks Out for a Stronger America”]

5. Goldwater Supported the Use of Nuclear Weapons in Vietnam. [Journal of Strategic Studies, “Nuclear Weapons in Vietnam,” 8/2006]

6. Goldwater Explicitly Aimed to Reduce the Size of Government and Repeal Laws. [NY Times, “Barry Goldwater, Conservative and Individualist, Dies at 89,” 5/29/1998]

7. Goldwater Considered American Labor Leaders More Dangerous than the Soviet Union. [NY Times, “Barry Goldwater, Conservative and Individualist, Dies at 89,” 5/29/1998]

8. Goldwater Refused to Condemn McCarthyism. [NY Times, “Barry Goldwater, Conservative and Individualist, Dies at 89,” 5/29/1998]

9. Goldwater Condemned Non-Violent Protests, Calling Them Nothing More Than a “Fable” and Inherently Violent. [The Bulletin, “‘Non-violent’ protest just a fable,” 8/23/1966]

10. Goldwater Advocated Leaving the United Nations After China’s Entry to the Organization. [St. Petersburg Evening Independent, “Red China  Will Ruin U.N.: Barry,” 1/22/64]

Today’s article cites Goldwater as one of Lhota’s “intellectual forebears” and “boyhood hero” and describes Lhota as a “lifelong conservative” who adheres to the discredited, favor-the-wealthy economic theory of “supply-side economics”. [NY Times, “Lhota Seeks to Persuade a Liberal City to Elect a Disciple of Goldwater”, 9/30/2013]


De Blasio Hits College-Aged Lhota for Supporting Barry Goldwater