Bill de Blasio Trounces Rivals on Their Own Turf

Bill de Blasio in Chelsea on Friday.
Bill de Blasio in Chelsea on Friday.

Talk about hitting close to home.

As Bill de Blasio rocketed to victory in last night’s mayoral primary, his two leading rivals not only lost overall–they also got beat in their own election districts.

In City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s home Chelsea voting district, which is part of her larger council district, she fell to Mr. de Blasio 43 to 34 percent. While that 43 percent amounted to only 123 votes for the public advocate, it was nonetheless symbolic of his astounding night.

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Bill de Blasio Feels the Love on the Campaign Trail

Bill de Blasio and Susan Sarandon in Chelsea.
Bill de Blasio and Susan Sarandon campaigning in Chelsea today.

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio seems to have it in the bag.

With a commanding lead in the polls and palpable momentum, Mr. de Blasio was treated like a reigning champion as he embarked on a five-borough campaign tour today that sometimes felt like a victory lap, with less than a week to go before the primary.

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Christine Quinn Goes After Offensive Chelsea Billboard

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The billboard that angered Chris Quinn.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn went on the offensive against an offensive billboard in her district. Yesterday, Ms. Quinn sent a letter to Richard Schaps, Chairman and CEO of outdoor advertising company Van Wagner Communications, about a billboard for Wodka Vodka on 27th Street featuring the slogan, “Escort Quality. Hooker Pricing.”

“This billboard has both an offensive and an inappropriate message to all residents of Chelsea. Not only should you remove this billboard from my district, you should end this campaign and remove these ads citywide,” Ms. Quinn wrote. “It is an outrageous misjudgment that you have allowed the display of such an offensive ad.” Continue reading “Christine Quinn Goes After Offensive Chelsea Billboard”