Headline of the Day: “Don’t Fear the Squeegee Man.”
Runner-Up: “Hillary Clinton on her mark, getting set.”
A pair of Clinton-world magazine pieces were published yesterday. The first, from New York magazine, features Hillary Clinton speaking openly about potentially running for president. The second, from The New Republic, is far more critical, profiling Clinton associate Doug Band while raising possible conflict-of-interest questions.
The New York Times looked at Bill de Blasio‘s more radical, pro-Sandinista past. When he stopped attending Nicaragua meetings, “His friends in the solidarity movement were puzzled. At a meeting early in 1992, Mr. de Blasio was marked absent. A member scribbled a note next to his name: ‘Must be running for office.’”
There was also this tidbit in the Times piece: “Mr. de Blasio’s answering machine greetings in those days seemed to reflect a search for meaning. Every few weeks, he recorded a new message, incorporating a quote to reflect his mood — a passage from classic literature, lyrics from a song or stanzas of a poem.”
City & State and The Associated Press profiled Joe Lhota‘s mayoral bid. “It’s not easy to go from all these good jobs he’s had to going out in public and running and being political and having a political persona,” a City Hall insider told City & State. “De Blasio has been doing this for 15, 20 years … It takes a while to work that through and get that feel.”
The Times also sat down with Sal Albanese, who notched less than 1 percent in the Democratic mayoral primary. “I actually got more press in Italy than I did here,” Mr. Albanese joked, lamenting his inability to “catch fire.”
And Democrat Sean Eldridge officially kicked off his campaign against Hudson Valley Congressman Chris Gibson. Here’s the announcement video: