Bill Thompson, who has repeatedly called on mayoral rival Bill de Blasio to take down his “lying” television commercial, is officially taking his request to the airwaves.
In the first critical ad of the Democratic primary, Mr. Thompson again declares that Mr. de Blasio’s spot “lies” when it claims the public advocate is the “only” candidate who will “end a stop-and-frisk era that targets minorities.”
With less than three weeks to go until the Democratic mayoral primary, the candidates are hard at work trying to court the Latino vote.
Today, in another sign the vote remains up for grabs, former Congressman Anthony Weiner and former City Comptroller Bill Thompson both released Spanish-language television advertisements–the first of the mayor’s race.
Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s mayoral campaign released its second television commercial this morning–and it tacks in a different direction from the first.
Instead of Ms. Quinn touting her various policy initiatives while proclaiming herself the candidate of the middle class, the new ad features Levia Preito, whose 24-year-old son passed away while waiting for insurance coverage.
Anthony Weiner isn’t going to quit the mayor’s race because this is New York.
“I know that there are newspaper editors and other politicians that say, ‘Boy, I wish that guy Weiner would quit,'” Mr. Weiner says in a new ad posted on his campaign website. “They don’t know New York. They certainly don’t know me. ‘Quit’ isn’t the way we roll in New York City.”
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.
Now that the apologies are over, Eliot Spitzer is sticking to his “Sheriff of Wall Street” roots in the city comptroller’s race.
In a new advertisement called “Empty,” the camera stays focused on a barren Wall Street in downtown Manhattan. There is no voice-over and viewers are simply treated to a triumphant, patriotic soundtrack. Only the text at the end explains the scene: “Guess they heard he’s back.”