A confident Bill de Blasio brushed off suggestions that the Democratic nomination is in limbo, telling reporters this afternoon that he’s moving full steam ahead, regardless of the final outcome of the mayoral race’s count.
“I don’t feel like I’m in limbo,” declared Mr. de Blasio, speaking to reporters at a lively rally in Brooklyn celebrating a judge’s ruling to keep Long Island College Hospital open indefinitely, to supporters’ enthusiastic applause.
“Can I ask the audience, ‘Do I look like a guy in limbo?’” he asked them.
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer today urged his supporters not to challenge former Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s jump into the comptroller’s race, after Mr. Spitzer turned in a whopping 27,000 petition signatures late last night. But Mr. Stringer’s directive might not matter, given any voter can challenge the signatures’ validity.
And, if such a challenge were to emerge, things could get interesting.
As former Gov. Eliot Spitzer fights speculation he won’t have enough petition signatures to make it on the ballot, former Comptroller Bill Thompson has nothing to fear. The mayoral contender has amassed more than 75,000 signatures to appear on the Democratic primary ballot, his campaign is announcing today.
That puts Mr. Thompson, who has the backing of the Brooklyn and Bronx Democratic county organizations, as well as the powerful teacher’s union, far ahead of his challengers, including early front-runner and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. Her campaign, which has flooded the city with volunteers and unpaid interns, reported that she would submit 46,710 signatures earlier this week.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and Comptroller John Liu may be struggling to gain traction in the polls, but they’re besting their competition when it comes to petition signatures.
As observers wonder whether newly-minted candidate Eliot Spitzer will even be able to gather the nearly 4,000 signatures he needs to make it on the primary ballot, the city’s mayoral candidates began submitting their piles of petition forms to the city’s Board of Elections Tuesday afternoon–and it appears Mr. de Blasio and Mr. Liu are leading the pack.
At the end of last week, lawyers representing the two candidates in the special election to replace Carl Kruger in the State Senate agreed to a court proceeding to resolve which candidate ultimately received more votes. Republican candidate David Storobin is currently leading by a single vote, but Democrat Lew Fidler is feeling confident.
The judge has appointed two “Special Referees” to hear ballot objections made by both sides on the contested absentee votes (i.e. one campaign may believe signature similarity on certain ballots indicates the votes were fraudulent).