Christine Quinn and Bill Thompson played whack-a-de Blasio at the West Indian Parade today.
Holding court outside the pre-parade breakfast in East Flatbush, Ms. Quinn and Mr. Thompson separately ripped Public Advocate Bill de Blasio on a whole host of issues, demonstrating that the front-running mayoral contender would continue to bear the brunt of their attacks with about a week to go until Election Day.
Ms. Quinn was so incensed by Mr. de Blasio today that she brushed off a question about a front-page New York Times story critical of Mr. Thompson’s tenure as comptroller. She was much more interested in another Times report, where Mr. de Blasio had to slightly amend his signature proposal to fund universal pre-K services.
“The second thing you need to do, if you’re going to be the mayor and going to be in charge of $70 billion budget, is add,” Ms. Quinn said after only offering that the Thompson story, which detailed how his office benefited political allies, “raised questions.” “We also saw this past week that the public advocate in his signature proposal to improve education for children had his math wrong … If you’re mayor, you’ve got to make sure you’re overseeing the city’s money in an ethical, competent way–and that you know how to add.”
And, asked about her support for keeping Ray Kelly as police commissioner–a topic that Mr. de Blasio has often criticized her over, contending that the position is incompatible with reforming the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy–Ms. Quinn excoriated Mr. de Blasio’s potential choices for the job as pro-stop-and-frisk.
“Bill de Blasio is saying on one side of his mouth one thing but then clearly saying and indicating another,” declared Ms. Quinn.
Mr. Thompson hammered home the theme of a two-mouthed de Blasio when a reporter asked about Mr. de Blasio’s pre-K plan, using the opportunity to pivot to a new topic: term limits.
“Bill de Blasio continues to say one thing and do something else or [do] something that is politically-expedient for him,” he said. “It isn’t anything new. It goes back to looking at a Bill de Blasio that supported the term limit change being done by the City Council, back to the same Bill de Blasio that was in favor of member items when he was a member of the City Council, but against it later.”
Mr. de Blasio acknowledges he supported extending legislative term limits back in 2005, but has said he changed his mind in 2008 when he watched Mayor Michael Bloomberg orchestrate a “sneak attack.”