As the mayoral candidates jockey to prove they’re gaining momentum, political club endorsements are becoming an increasingly useful tool for the campaigns to point to and tout. And Public Advocate Bill de Blasio snagged his first club endorsement last night from the Lower Manhattan Democrats, a prominent downtown club.
“Bill de Blasio has shown himself to be a real progressive candidate in the race, and we’re proud to endorse him today,” the club’s president, Robin Forst, said in a statement. “From his commitment to universal early education to his continued efforts to pass a real living wage and comprehensive paid sick leave, Bill stands on the side of working families — and we look forward to helping him get elected this year.”
The race was an extremely close contest between Mr. de Blasio, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and City Comptroller John Liu, “with no less than five runoff votes,” according to the club.
Mr. de Blasio, who has been trying to position himself as the progressive alternative to Christine Quinn, thanked the club for its nod in a statement.
“I’m running for mayor because we need someone committed to full economic equality in City Hall next year —and I’m honored to have the Lower Manhattan Democrats join our team on the campaign trail,” he said.
The club, whose members are mainly from the 64th and 66th assembly districts, also endorsed State Sen. Daniel Squadron for public advocate, Julie Menin for Manhattan borough president and Scott Stringer, the current Manhattan borough president, for comptroller.