Morning Read: ‘Without Exaggeration’

Bill de Blasio yesterday. (Photo: Getty)
Bill de Blasio yesterday. (Photo: Getty)

Headline of the Day: “New Jimmy McMillan Song Actually Kind of Catchy.”

Bill de Blasio claimed he never described his views as “Democratic socialism,” saying yesterday: “That’s not a quote from me; that’s someone’s notes.” But The New York Times fact-checked him this morning: “The notes were, in fact, written by him; a copy is kept at the New York University archives and was reviewed by The Times.”

A “Democratic insider” told the New York Post that the now-defunct ACORN organization has been plotting for more than a decade to elect Mr. de Blasio mayor. “Without exaggeration, ACORN’s long-range plan since 2001 was to elect de Blasio mayor,” the source contended. “De Blasio was a big ACORN project.”

The Post was pretty critical of Mr. de Blasio overall this morning, running five negative items, including a Bob McManus column attacking Mr. de Blasio’s Sandinista past, a report where critics slam said Sandinista past, an ominous editorial criticizing his policing policies, and a report cataloging charter school advocate’s fears under a de Blasio administration.

State Democratic co-chairman  Keith Wright challenged his GOP counterpart Ed Cox to a wager on the mayoral race’s outcome on on Road to City Hall. If Mr. de Blasio wins, Mr. Cox has to wear “this Democratic, blue donkey tie for at least a day,” and if Joe Lhota wins, Mr. Wright has to wear a Republican one. Mr. Cox accepted.

And here is Mr. Lhota dancing at a Crown Heights Sukkot festival last night:
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