With just over two weeks to go before they face off in the September 10 Republican primary, John Catsimatidis and Joe Lhota have taken their battle to the air.
Mr. Catsimatidis, a billionaire who is self-financing his campaign, recently suggested that he would avoid dropping “nuclear bombs”–his word for attack ads–unless his GOP rival, Mr. Lhota, went negative first. But it seems Mr. Catsimatidis has decided to drop them anyway. Read More
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.” Read More
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. Read More
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is set to hit the airwaves tomorrow with the first ad buy of his mayoral race.
Mr. de Blasio, whose campaign appears to be gaining momentum as the clock ticks toward primary day, has been working to re-introduce himself to voters in the wake of Anthony Weiner’s latest sexting scandal, which appears to have given him an opening in the polls. Read More
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.” Read More
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. Read More
Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer screwed up with his prostitution scandal, and he’s taking to the airwaves to admit it.
“Look, I failed,” the now-comptroller candidate tells the camera in his latest ad. “Big time.” Read More
GOP Congressman Michael Grimm has faced a barrage of bad headlines since the start of this year, most recently an article in today’s New York Times with the word “mob ties” in the title. These headlines have been further amplified by his Democratic opponent, Mark Murphy, bombarding Mr. Grimm on the airwaves and implying the incumbent is a crook. Well, Mayor Rudy Giuliani–possibly buoyed by the boat the congressman is trying to name after him–has come to the rescue.
“Hi, I’m Rudy Giuliani,” the former mayor says directly to the camera in Mr. Grimm’s latest television ad. “Don’t be fooled by the shameful attacks in the media, Michael Grimm’s character and integrity are second to none. Michael Grimm is a great congressman and an outstanding representative for Staten Island and Brooklyn.” Read More