Tale of Two Ads
Blast From The Past
A day after Joe Lhota released an ad warning of apocalyptic results if rival Bill de Blasio is elected mayor–complete with photos of race riots and corpses–Mr. de Blasio is out with a new spot of his own.
But Mr. de Blasio’s ad, narrated by his daughter Chiara, is almost saturated in sweetness.
Out of Comptrol
Bill de Blasio is upset with rival Joe Lhota’s latest ad.
The ad, released this morning, declared that if Mr. de Blasio wins the mayor’s race, the city will plunge back into an era where violence and riots ruled the streets. But Mr. de Blasio, who is far ahead in the polls, scoffed at the “desperate” move.
In the clearest sign yet that the race to become the next city’s comptroller is neck-and-neck, the two candidate launched attack ads tearing into each other today.
They were tough.
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer took direct aim at the prostitution scandal that felled ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s political career five years ago.
A new political action committee founded to boost Republican mayoral hopeful Joe Lhota has received a major cash infusion courtesy of the Koch family.
David Koch and his wife, Julia, have each contributed $145,050 to “New Yorkers for Proven Leadership,” which will begin airing television ads tomorrow touting the former MTA chairman and deputy mayor, sources said.
Mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio’s campaign has been bolstered by the very prominent role of his biracial family including, most notably, his 15-year-old son, Dante. But some feel that Mr. de Blasio’s campaign is going too far in capitalizing on the appeal of his son’s prominent afro.
Yesterday, the campaign released a new image intended to make the rounds on social media, with the hashtag, “GoWithTheFro.” While the media’s fascination with Dante’s hair had already raised eyebrows among some critics, the latest effort struck a nerve among many supporters.
As Seen on TV
“$15 to cross a bridge? What was Joe Lhota thinking?”
So asks an incredulous narrator in one of two new commercials launched by Republican mayoral hopeful John Catsimatidis.
In a first, the ads take direct jabs at Mr. Catsimatidis’s GOP rival Joe Lhota; one even displays “OUTRAGED” on the screen while hitting him for raising tolls as MTA chairman.
State Senator Daniel Squadron is flexing his fund-raising advantage in the public advocate’s race by making “a high six-figure buy, very high” for cable and broadcast commercials, according to a Democratic source.
The source further labeled it a “down payment” and “just the first round” of purchases for the final week before the election, suggesting there will be more.
As City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s record is being pummeled by an ad campaign that urges voters to support “Anyone But Quinn,” she launched a new series of “online testimonials” defending it.
“The Video Testimonial Series Highlights Real People in their Own Words Explaining How Christine Quinn Delivered Results When It Seemed No One Else Could,” Ms. Quinn’s campaign said in a press release Tuesday morning announcing the “Real People, Real Voices, Real #CQResults” campaign.
Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s mayoral bid suddenly found itself under attack last night when The New York Times reported that a $1 million, “A.B.Q. — anybody but Quinn” ad campaign has been started up to oppose her. But Ms. Quinn is pushing back, and in an email to her supporters this morning, she accused her opponents of undermining the public campaign finance system by letting an independent expenditure do their dirty work.
“This attack ad, funded by those closely aligned with my opponents, is an all-out effort to undermine New York City’s public campaign finance system, the most progressive system in the country and one I have worked hard to strengthen. What a disgrace,” she wrote. “But I’m not backing down, I’m standing up. And I need you to stand with me.”
Earlier this week, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the city’s Human Resources Administration unveiled a new, rather direct ad campaign to discourage teen pregnancy featuring children citing blunt statistics about teen parents. “Honestly mom, chances are he won’t stay with you,” a baby in one ad declares, while another reads, “I’m twice as likely not to graduate high school because you had me as a teen.” The campaign, which is paired with an shame-themed choose-your-own-adventure text experience, understandably gained attention and sparked controversy.
Though City Hall seemed eager to make a splash with the in-your-face ads, other local politicians have condemned the campaign.