Brigid Bergin is the City Hall reporter for WNYC. She covers city politics including the 2013 mayoral race and transition.
Joe Lhota came out swinging in Tuesday night’s mayoral debate. Still lagging by 40 points in the latest polls, it was a chance for the Republican to show he’s still a contender.
Lhota supporters gathered for a debate watch party at a bar in midtown Manhattan. WNYC's Brigid Bergin was there and said the crowd seemed encouraged by Lhota's performance, including his aggressive defense of former Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
"Clearly it was a strategic shift in his messaging which really resonated with this crowd, which tends to be older and remembers what the city was like in pre-Giuliani times," Bergin said, adding Lhota told her he planned to campaign aggressively in the next two weeks including another round of "edgy" campaign ads.
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