Headline of the Day: “Bill de Blasio Will Be the Next Mayor of New York, No Matter How Often Someone Jumps Out of the Dark and Yells ‘Dinkins!’”
The New York Times profiled the unraveling of Bill Thompson‘s mayoral campaign: “As the campaign began to fall apart, senior advisers openly puzzled over his approach on the stop-and-frisk tactic. It won the candidate endorsements from police unions, but it confused his message where it mattered most.”
Those same police unions don’t seem overly thrilled with the man Mr. Thompson endorsed yesterday: Bill de Blasio. Detectives Endowment Association President Michael Palladino answered “no” when asked if Mr. de Blasio was “reasonable and realistic,” as he described Mr. Thompson.
According to the New York Post‘s sources, it was Mike Mulgrew, the teachers’ union president, who brokered the peace deal between Mr. Thompson and Mr. de Blasio–not Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as had been reported elsewhere. Completing the unity among top Democrats, Christine Quinn will reportedly endorse Mr. de Blasio today.
Meanwhile, Republican Joe Lhota is issuing olive branches of his own. Later this morning he’s scheduled to sit down with District Council 37, the large municipal union that backed Comptroller John Liu in the Democratic primary. Tonight he’s set to meet Rev. Al Sharpton, who has been enthusiastic about Mr. de Blasio’s candidacy.
The Board of Elections may still hold a runoff election between Mr. de Blasio and Mr. Thompson. “Mr. Thompson’s concession, and we’ll put quotes around that, today has no legal binding effect,” explained Mike Ryan, the agency’s executive director.
And Mayor Michael Bloomberg‘s spokesman, Marc La Vorgna, “disputed the idea that Mr. Bloomberg spends considerable time schmoozing.” ”He generally speaks and departs,” Mr. La Vorgna said.