Headline of the Day: “MC Anthony Weiner Parades West Indian Style, Sorta: ‘Anybody Here From Jamaica?’”
In a front-page story, The New York Times profiled John Catsimatidis: “On the campaign trail, his appeals to voters can be seen as admirably personal, or alarmingly vague. To a school bus worker, who complained about job protections and called Mayor Bloomberg pathetic, Mr. Catsimatidis tugged open his suit jacket and pointed at his chest. ‘I’m tough, but I have a heart,’ he said.”
The publication also profiled how various mayoral candidates are handling parade politicking. Mr. Catsimatidis, naturally, delivered the most entertainment as he “tried to make people connect with his nickname, Cats. ‘Meow!’ he shouted along the parade route. ‘Meow!’” But there was also this on Bill de Blasio: “Forget Miley Cyrus. The de Blasio campaign has its own signature dance move.”
Meanwhile, Mr. Catsimatidis is taking flak from Charles Moerdler, who is featured in a mailer accusing rival Joe Lhota of bullying a 77-year-old “Holocaust survivor.” “Whoever dreamed up this . . . has given a whole new meaning to the word sleaze,” Mr. Moerdler told the Daily News. “It was obviously designed to prejudice Jews and seniors.” The photo is also incorrect.
BuzzFeed dove into the Democratic side of the race, where Council Speaker Christine Quinn “is having a political near death-experience.” “You know, you don’t end up the first openly gay and woman speaker of the City Council ‘cause you’re the frontrunner,” Ms. Quinn contended. “I got that position — won it — as the underdog.”
And here’s video of Bill Thompson facing a “tough Orthodox electorate” in Midwood: