Morning Read: ‘As Well as Common Sense’

Joe Lhota expresses exasperation at last night's debate. (Photo: Getty)

Joe Lhota. (Photo: Getty)

Headline of the Day: “De Blasio getting away with lameness.”

Runner-Up: “What You Missed in the First Mayoral Debate.”

The New York Times had a relatively brutal review of Joe Lhota‘s debate performance last night: “The body language was revealing: Mr. Lhota seldom made eye contact … In fact, his eyes often drooped closed for several seconds. He frequently seemed tangled in the nuances of his own policy plans.”

WNYC more or less concurred: “It’s apparently worse in New York City to read from a Republican playbook than from a Marxist playbook. That’s the conclusion that viewers could draw after watching the first general election debate in New York City’s mayoral contest.”

While Times columnist Michael Powell pitched Mr. Lhota for first deputy mayor in rival Bill de Blasio‘s administration: “A New York mayor can be as progressive as he wants, but he better make sure the garbage is picked up, the streets are plowed, and that the subways run. And that the unions don’t strike.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Mr. de Blasio’s plan to tax the wealthy might be a non-starter as he seeks to lower taxes next year. “What they fear is that they’re in a place where the taxes will continually go up and there will be a ceiling and they’ll say, ‘I’m going to Florida,’” Mr. Cuomo said of the wealthy. “I believe that.”

Hamodia published another op-ed strongly criticizing another one of the paper’s op-eds that compared Mr. de Blasio to a “Nazi Party sympathizer.” “The Sandinistas were not the Nazis, and de Blasio is not an anti-Semite. De Blasio obviously strongly disagrees and condemns the atrocities committed by the communists,” the new one argues.

The Board of Elections decided to print the November ballots in a tiny, six-point font while providing magnifying glasses to voters.  “The prospect of crowded ballots with tiny typefaces goes against the spirit of the laws requiring ballots be provided in languages all voters can read,” State Senator Liz Krueger contended, “as well as common sense.”

And it turns out that the unbiased and negative messaging tests in Charles Hynes‘s internal poll were a bit stronger than how the New York Post described it:

Voters were told Hynes “has been the Brooklyn District Attorney for the past 24 years and has always been a Democrat. But he lost the primary election in September and now he is running on the Republican Party line.” Voters were not told Hynes is also running on the Conservative Party line.

“Charles Hynes’ opponent Kenneth Thompson is being supported by Clarence Norman, a corrupt political boss that District Attorney Hynes convicted and sent to prison five years ago. Now Clarence Norman is out of prison and wants revenge against Hynes. According to the New York Post, Norman is calling the shots in Kenneth Thompson’s campaigns. Charles Hynes says he is forced to run on the Republican line to stop this corrupt political boss from taking control of the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office.”

Morning Read: ‘As Well as Common Sense’