Morning Politics: ‘We Don’t Even Know How to Spell His Name’

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Daily News features editor Raakhee Mirchandani, who just returned from maternity leave, responded to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s call on the city’s tabloids to apologize for their coverage of remarks his wife, Chirlane McCray, made to New York magazine about her challenges adjusting to motherhood after the birth of her first child.

“McCray should have been more clear about why she felt ‘guilty’ instead of blaming the media when the coverage didn’t go her way,” Ms. Mirchandani wrote. “No one was judging McCray’s parenting skills. Quite the opposite: She was. Chirlane, you’re probably a good mother. Maybe even a great one. But that doesn’t mean you get to fret about your performance — then complain at how people discuss it.”

Elsewhere in the paper, “moms who know how hard it is to be a parent” hailed Ms. McCray as a “hero.” “If needing some ‘me time’ is a crime, then the NYPD better start locking up most of the moms in town,” they wrote. “I’m not embarrassed to say out loud that having a baby is very difficult,” one new mom told the paper. “It’s awesome that Chirlane is talking about this and making it less taboo.”

in an op-ed in the Huffington Post, City Councilman Rory Lancman discusses the problem of wage theft, using charges against embattled Congressman Michael Grimm stemming from his ownership of an Upper East Side health food restaurant as his hook. “If Al Capone introduced Americans to the seriousness of tax evasion, then hopefully Michael Grimm’s indictment will do the same for the seriousness of wage theft,” he wrote.

Members of the City Council’s Black, Latino and Asian Caucus yesterday urged Mr. de Blasio to add 1,000 more cops to the NYPD’s ranks following a 7 percent spike in shootings this year over last. “That’s a major, major problem, and a major concern,” said Bronx Councilman Andy King, whose district has reportedly seen eight murders so far this year–versus just one in 2013, according to the Daily News.

At a press conference in East Harlem yesterday, Adam Clayton Powell IV slammed Congressman Charlie Rangel‘s challengers. “We cannot give this community–East Harlem, our beloved community, El Barrio–we cannot give it to some stranger that just came in yesterday,” he said, according to footage posted by  New York True. “A stranger. An interloper. A nobody. We don’t even know how to spell his name. We don’t even know how to pronounce it. Who is he?”

And here, courtesy of New York True, is footage of the event, which ends with Mr. Rangel posing in a sombrero:

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Morning Politics: ‘We Don’t Even Know How to Spell His Name’