Through the Liu-king Glass
Councilwoman Tish James rolled out the endorsement of Comptroller John Liu today, setting up a battle for the Asian vote with her rival in the public advocate’s race.
Mr. Liu joined Ms. James in Manhattan’s Chinatown neighborhood to endorse her in the October 1 runoff election, where she faces State Senator Daniel Squadron. But less than an hour before the event was set to start, Mr. Squadron blasted out a release flaunting his own Asian support from a coalition of 30 Asian civic leaders in Chinatown and Queens, including Councilwoman Margaret Chin.
With less than a week to go before the runoff election in the public advocate’s race, 1199 SEIU is dropping $150,000 on radio ads in support of Councilwoman Tish James.
The sizable purchase comes as the healthcare workers’ union, the largest in the city, looks to play an outsized role in the Democratic primary after successfully backing Bill de Blasio’s mayoral bid.
When the Queens Democratic Party announced it would be endorsing Councilwoman Tish James in the runoff election for public advocate, the crowd suddenly got much smaller.
With the city’s future mayor and comptroller widely expected to be white and male, women’s groups are flocking to Tish James in the public advocate’s race.
At an endorsement rally today at City Hall, Mr. James’s backers noted repeatedly that the Brooklyn Councilwoman would be the first black woman elected to citywide office if she wins her runoff election against State Senator Daniel Squadron on Oct. 1.
“Let me be a little more blunt: Do we really want at the top of the ticket for all citywide offices–the most important positions here in the city–to all be all white, all male?” asked Sonia Ossorio, president of the city’s chapter of the National Organization for Women, flanked by supporters of Ms. James.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has ducked a potentially divisive primary runoff in the mayor’s race, but the candidates vying to replace him have no such luck.
As their one-on-one face-off heats up, Councilwoman Tish James and State Senator Daniel Squadron are racking up endorsements as they work to secure enough support to reach the 50 percent they’ll need when voters head back to the polls on October 1.
With primary Election Day exactly a week away, The New York Observer‘s editorial board has weighed in on the three citywide races: mayor, comptroller and public advocate.
For the mayor’s race at the top of the ticket, the board has endorsed former Comptroller Bill Thompson in the Democratic primary and former MTA Chairman Joe Lhota as the Republican nominee.
The board also weighed in on the two other city primaries. In the high-profile race to become the city’s next comptroller, the board backed Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. For public advocate, they supported State Senator Daniel Squadron. Both are Democrats.
It’s the position first in line to succeed the mayor, but the vast majority of voters have no idea who’s running.
Only 20 percent of likely Democratic primary voters were able to correctly name a single candidate running to be the city’s next public advocate, according to the latest Quinnipiac poll. And of the few who said they could name a candidate, seven percent named someone who’s not actually in the running.
Outside Borough Hall, not far from a stickball game between the candidates for mayor and public advocate, State Senator Daniel Squadron received a pitch of a different kind.
Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn’s outgoing cheerleader-in-chief, ecstatically endorsed the public advocate candidate, touting his record as state senator as well as his endorsement from Senator Chuck Schumer.
As Seen on TV
The race for public advocate continued to heat up today, with Councilwoman Tish James releasing a blistering “fact check” email against rival State Senator Dan Squadron for his new “results”-themed campaign commercial.
The Squadron ad, released yesterday, features a glowing endorsement from Senator Chuck Schumer, including a reference to his leadership on gun control issues. The James camp, needless to say, disagreed with the assessment.
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.