Far ahead in the polls as Tuesday’s Democratic mayoral primary looms, Bill de Blasio amassed the troops today for a gigantic get-out-the-vote rally.
At times, it felt like a victory party for the city’s public advocate, who once trailed his opponents but is now reveling in his new front-runner status.
“This campaign, like every good cause, started humbly and we worked really, really hard,” Mr. de Blasio reflected, standing on the steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall. “I give people in this crowd a lot of credit. There were many days when the polls weren’t so great, when you couldn’t get our message across; we’d put out a press release, no one printed it. We’ve had those days.”
With just two weeks before voters head to the polls, two Democratic mayoral candidates are increasingly relying on celebrity surrogates to make their cases.
This morning, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio released a slickly-produced web video featuring a whole host of bold-faced names, including actor Steve Buscemi, Sex in the City star Cynthia Nixon and plenty others. Music business magnate Russell Simmons, also in the video, is further set to appear with Mr. de Blasio on the campaign trail this afternoon.
After spending the evening phone-banking with actor Steve Buscemi, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio stopped by CNN’s Piers Morgan Live last night with Sex and the City alum Cynthia Nixon to discuss his mayoral bid.
After prompting a glowing endorsement from Ms. Nixon, Mr. Morgan quickly turned to a video of Mr. de Blasio’s daughter, Chiara, in which she proudly proclaims her dad is not “some boring white guy.”
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio hosted a fundraiser earlier this week at the Griffin in NYC’s Meatpacking district.
According to Mr. de Blasio’s fundraising staff, over 200 people were in attendance, among them actress Cynthia Nixon, who told the crowd that she backed the public advocate for mayor.
“For every reason—as a woman, as a gay person, as a public school parent, as a progressive—I want to see Bill de Blasio as the next Mayor of New York City,” said Ms. Nixon. “I want to wake up and find that that’s true, and get to love my city in a whole new way—because Bill de Blasio is a great city councilmember, he’s a great Public Advocate and he will be one of the greatest mayors that New York has ever had.” Continue reading “Cynthia Nixon: 'I Want to See Bill de Blasio as the Next Mayor of New York City'”→
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