A new racially-tinged campaign ad from Republican Joe Lhota says Democrat Bill de Blasio is a dangerous threat to the city's low crime rates. Lhota links de Blasio to images of body bags, police tape and flipped cars, and makes explicit a warning the Lhota campaign has only hinted at so far.
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.
Between losing his leg in WWII and his tragic suicide in 1979, Bill de Blasio's father forged a career with think tanks and multinational corporations aimed at blocking the spread of communism. A decade after his death, his son was in Nicaragua, working in support of the kind of socialist government his father's old colleagues tried to prevent in Latin America.
In the New York City mayor's race, polls this week showed Republican Joe Lhota has enormous ground to make up before the November 5th election. He's trailing Democrat Bill de Blasio by a 50-point margin. Still, both candidates are employed a similar strategy this week as they tried to paint the other as a radical outside the political mainstream.
We also learned more about Bill de Blasio's family life, with a peek at his wedding video, and an exclusive interview on WNYC about his father's suicide.
Mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio's father committed suicide in 1979, shooting himself while suffering incurable cancer, the New York Post revealed Monday. For the first time in nearly 35 years, de Blasio discussed the event publicly with WNYC's Anna Sale. "We knew his life was going to come to an end. We didn't expect it to be this way. And there had been such sorrow around it," de Blasio said.
As two Democrats readied for the Tuesday run-off of the Public Advocate, the New York Times released a new documentary that chronicles the end of Speaker Christine Quinn's long run for mayor. Meanwhile, the mayoral candidates still aiming for the 2013 win debated Latin American politics in the 1980s, with some red-hot rhetoric. Marxist playbook, anyone?
For the second day in a row, Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota tried to seed doubts about Democrat Bill de Blasio by linking his past activism in Nicaragua to his current policies. But Lhota is also increasingly talking about how he'd address income inequality himself.
American policy in Latin America 25 years ago has become an issue in this year's mayoral race. Republican Joe Lhota seized on a New York Times story about Democrat Bill de Blasio's past activism in Nicaragua.
Republican mayoral hopeful Joe Lhota spent part of his day on Tuesday reaching out to constituencies not likely to support him. That included a private meeting with Reverend Al Sharpton in Harlem, who famously and regularly sparred with former Mayor Giuliani, Lhota's old boss.
The longest campaign of any of the Democratic hopefuls has ended, as Bill Thompson conceded defeat and endorsed Bill de Blasio. Thompson's campaign began four years ago, and didn't stop -- until Monday.
Thompson met with supporters Thursday night, declaring he will wait until the Board of Elections counts the votes from machines this weekend before taking further action.
UPDATE: Democratic mayoral primary runner-up Bill Thompson emerged from a closed-door meeting Thursday night not prepared to concede the race.
On primary night, Bill Thompson vowed to "count every vote" before conceding that Bill de Blasio has over 40 percent of the vote. Do you think Thompson should keep pushing for a full count and possibly create a run-off for the Democratic candidate, or should he step aside with de Blasio holding just over the threshold for a win? 212-433-9692, 212-433-WNYC. As your calls are coming in, WNYC's Anna Sale talks about her reporting on the pressure that Bill Thompson is facing to drop out of the race.
Republican Joe Lhota will be in the general election for mayor. On the Democratic side, things are a little tricker, as Bill de Blasio stands at 40.15% of the vote with about 98% of precincts reporting. Bill Thompson has vowed to "count every vote" before conceding a runoff. Anna Sale, WNYC politics reporter, and Brigid Bergin, WNYC reporter, talk about the long night of big election results, and what comes next.
With three quarters of Democratic voters saying they wanted change, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio just edged over the 40 percent needed to avoid a run-off in the Democratic primary. But former Comptroller Bill Thompson, who came in second with 26 percent, vowed to plow on. The vote was a sharp rebuke to Mayor Michael Bloomberg and to City Council Christine Quinn, who ran as a nicer, gentler Bloomberg. Quinn came in a distant third.
After a long primary season, (registered) New Yorkers hit the polls tomorrow to choose the Democratic and Republican nominees for Mayor -- or at least who will be in the runoff. Azi Paybarah of Capital New York and WNYC's Anna Sale discuss the last-minute push by the campaigns, and what to watch for as the results come in tomorrow.
In a published interview Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave to New York Magazine, he called de Blasio's campaign "class-warfare" and "racist," praised Quinn for "seven and a half years of keeping legislation that never should have made it to the floor," and called on more Russian billionaires to move to the city.
Beneath the loud back and forth in the mayor’s race, there’s a quieter campaign about the future of city council. A huge portion of the council advertising is being paid for by Jobs for New York, a real estate-backed independent political group, and they're using very different messaging in different districts.
As political candidates go, the five Democrats on stage Tuesday night couldn't be more similar. They all rose through New York's Democratic ranks. Four served in the City Council; two have been comptrollers. But judging by the darts aimed squarely at each other, they couldn't have been less happy to find themselves in the same forum.