It’s better to tell the truth than to blie.
Thus argued Bill Thompson’s mayoral campaign this afternoon as they pushed forward with what they clearly feel is a winning issue against front-runner Bill de Blasio: undisclosed meeting with lobbyists.
Users who visit the site are offered the hypothetical opportunity to request a lobbyist meeting with Mr. de Blasio, whereupon they are told: “SHHH. NOBODY EVER HAS TO KNOW!”
The relatively awkward “Bill de Bliar” moniker caught much attention on Twitter, with jokesters inserting the letter “b” in front of random words. So Politicker asked the Thompson team why they’d chosen that particular refrain. Thompson spokesman John Collins explained that they’ve been calling Mr. de Blasio a “liar” a lot recently–including in campaign commercials–so it fit.
“This is just part of a troubling pattern of Bill de Blasio doing one thing and doing another. That’s called a lie. Bill de Bliar,” he summed up his response during a conference call organize by their campaign.
“It sounds to me like it names itself,” chimed in Councilman Lew Fidler, an aggressive Thompson surrogate.
Yesterday, Mr. de Blasio responded to the charges by touting his record on transparency issues and arguing that he had disclosed every meeting “in which a lobbyist presented the concerns of their client” but not if they met to discuss “the weather or politics or anything else.” But obviously the Thompson campaign wasn’t swayed.
“I understand his response is that his ‘meetings with lobbyists’ aren’t ‘lobbyist meetings,'” said Mr. Fidler. “I guess that depends on what the definition of ‘what is’ is’ Bill de Blasio is cute to a fault with the truth. It’s cute that his son has a cute afro and we love that. I don’t think we want someone who’s cute with the truth.”
Reached for a response, de Blasio spokesman Dan Levitan shot back that the website “is a desperate and silly attack from a campaign with no ideas and no vision for how to break from the Bloomberg years.”
“They do get points for chutzpah though,” Mr. Levitan added, “since Bill Thompson worked as a Wall Street lobbyist as recently as this year.”