Today in Politics: De Blasio Fends Off Complacency

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio and wife Chirlane McCray on stage at Connolly's Pub after the final debate watch party. (Brigid Bergin/WNYC)

Democrat Bill de Blasio continues to poll nearly 40 points ahead of Republican Joe Lhota in the race for mayor, with only five days left until Election Day. That's leading the de Blasio campaign to combat complacency in the final days, while making sure to carefully manage his message.

After initially saying a de Blasio debate watch party at a bar in midtown Manhattan was closed to press, the campaign did let in WNYC's Brigid Bergin. That's where Assemblyman Dick Gottfried introduced de Blasio to a raucous crowd, comparing the mayoral candidate to the fictional President Jed Bartlett, from NBC's West Wing, for their "shared" progressive principles. Bergin said de Blasio thanked the volunteers and "talked about the they've done and what was left to do."

"Throughout the campaign, these volunteers have been gathering in each others' homes, making these phone calls, and you can expect to see a lot more of that between now and Election Day," said Bergin.

To hear the full interview with WNYC's Brigid Bergin, click the audio above.


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