Thompson Campaign Chair Calls de Blasio Victory 'Decisive'

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Mayoral candidate Bill Thompson on the morning after the primary election in which he came in second place. Mayoral candidate Bill Thompson on the morning after the primary election in which he came in second place. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

Bill Thompson's campaign chairwoman publicly strayed from the campaign script on Wednesday, saying rival Bill de Blasio had a "convincing" victory and that she thinks de Blasio "will ultimately emerge as the nominee of the Democratic party."  Merryl Tisch's early endorsement had provided a big boost for Thompson's credibility. But now she's backing away.

Tisch, who is the Chancellor of the State Board of Regents, spoke to reporters outside of the High School for Public Service in Brooklyn while on a back-to-school tour.

"I happened to look at the numbers and I think Mr. de Blasio won a very deep and wide, broad victory," she said, and added, "It's a convincing victory, and good luck. That's what elections are all about. I think the people have spoken. They've spoken decisively."

Tisch would not directly say whether or not she would encourage Thompson to concede. Thompson's campaign would not comment on Tisch's remarks.

Unofficial results show de Blasio with just over the 40 percent needed to avoid a run-off primary election. The official count, however, does not start until Friday. 

Speaking at the 9/11 Memorial, Thompson on Wednesday vowed to seek court supervision until the last ballot was counted and said he would stay in the race if de Blasio had 39 percent of the vote. But he's not backing down. "We're going to move into court today to order supervision over the ballot counting process over the next week."

Thompson said he has not sought the support of the other democratic candidates who lost on Tuesday.

With reporting from Stephen Nessen.


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wgalison from manhattan

Thompson is an

Anyone curious about Bill Thompson's true nature should watch this video of the utterly corrupt Hearings on Judicial Compensation, of which Thompson was the chairman, despite glaring conflicts of interest.

In this testimony, Will Galison argues that pay raises must be linked to functional system of oversight over judicial misconduct, and furnishes a shocking example of judicial misconduct that has gone uninvestigated.

Note Thompson's imperious attitude as he tries to cut Galison off and dismiss his testimony.

Thank God this man will not be mayor.

Sep. 11 2013 07:38 PM
Christopher London from Manhattan


Bill Thompson is not what he seems. Instead, he threatens to emerge as even more of a hypocrite who smells a tad too much like Bloomberg Tammany Hall backup option to Quinnberg. You need only look at the Mirage Election of 2009 to gain a fuller understanding of who and what Bill Thompson is and represents. That he finally grew a pair on election night exhibiting his biggest voice to challenge a man who is not merely on the threshold of 40% but who already appears to have clearly surpassed it, minus some uncounted paper ballots, is ridiiculous and hardly places him on the moral high ground. Thompson is shadow boxing, outside the ring and his opponent is himself.

LET US CONSIDER NOW...IF THE SHOE WAS ON THE OTHER FOOT.... Thompson and forces tied to him would be calling for Bill de Blasio to do the right thing and step aside ala Anthony Weiner vs. Freddy Ferrer and help unite the party. Thompson exhibited for me with his embrace by Al D'Amato and losing Black vote that his gig is not up but been exposed and then last night where he should have been more gracious he spoke as if Bill de Blasio was at 38% not on the cusp of or over the margin needed for victory. Bill Thompson runs the risk of being remembered as a "Two Time Tool" who helped Bloomberg in a Mirage Election and then enabled the rise of Joe Lhota.

If you doubt me, I recommend you read the Village Voice expose on Bloomberg & Thompson being strange bedfellows or a really Odd Couple.

Sep. 11 2013 05:34 PM

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