The Final Countdown
The city’s Campaign Finance Board announced tonight that it has postponed the third and final mayoral debate to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy.
The 90-minute debate, which had previously been scheduled for Tuesday, October 29, will now be held on Wednesday, October 30, kicking off at 7 p.m.
did you get the memo
Joe Lhota has just 13 days left until voters cast their ballots, and it looks like he’s planning to make the most of them.
Trailing by more than 40 points in public polls, the Republican mayoral candidate appears to have hit a reset button on his campaign, ratcheting up criticism of his rival, Bill de Blasio, following last night’s spirited debate.
Bill de Blasio’s mayoral campaign began the attacks tonight before the candidates even stepped on stage for their first major televised debate.
In a memo sent out to reporters, the Democrat’s team predicted rival Joe Lhota, who is currently far behind in the public polls, would do “everything in his power to run away from his Tea Party pandering and to conceal his traditional Republican Party ideas.”
Two of the city’s three leading mayoral candidates debated on live television last night. But the most prominent one was MIA.
Bill de Blasio, the city’s public advocate and the Democratic nominee, who is leading by as many as 50 points in public polls, skipped the first major debate of the general election–despite repeated requests from NY1.
During the final Republican debate before Tuesday’s mayoral primary, billionaire businessman John Catsimatidis touted his advantages over rival Joe Lhota.
Among the attributes cited, Mr. Catsimatidis said he would be more likely to win the general election because of his appeal to black and Latino voters–or in his words, “the minorities.”
Mo' Money Mo' Problems
If there were any remaining questions on the subject, they have been answered: Eliot Spitzer and Scott Stringer are certainly not buddies anymore.
The two comptroller candidates squared off for the last time this morning, trading blow after blow at a Midtown forum hosted by the Council of Urban Professionals. Mr. Stringer was especially aggressive, pummeling the former governor again and again for resigning in the wake of a prostitution scandal five years ago. Mr. Spitzer, meanwhile, tried to brush off the attacks, while offering hits of his own.
Republican mayoral candidate George McDonald says one of his rivals never should have been allowed to participate in last week’s official debate–and is trying to bar him from the next one.
In a complaint filed yesterday with the city’s Campaign Finance Board, Mr. McDonald charges that the board violated its own rules when it allowed billionaire candidate John Catsimatidis to participate in last Wednesday’s televised debate because he failed to raise the qualifying cash.
The final debate between the Democratic rivals for mayor turned especially catty tonight–especially when the show moved from broadcast television to an online feed–as the candidates made their final pitches to voters one week before the primary.
Once again, front-runner Bill de Blasio had a giant target on his back, but this time the constant digs seemed to take their toll, with the public advocate constantly on defense over his policy plans as well as his record.
“He will say anything depending on whose votes he’s trying to get,” said Christine Quinn, who once led the public polls and ignored Mr. de Blasio, but now finds herself in third place as she hits him on a whole range of issues.
This is it: The last chance for the Democratic mayoral candidates to face off before voters head to the polls a week from today.
And like professional athletes ahead of a big game, each candidate has his or her own way of preparing for the high-stakes showdown. From rocking out to favorite bands to role-playing with aides, here’s what the candidates will be doing ahead of tonight’s final televised debate.
Comptroller rivals Eliot Spitzer and Scott Stringer, who have been hurling insults and waging one of the nastiest battles of the election season, today claimed in a televised CBS debate that they’re actually pretty good friends.
Asked by co-moderator Rich Lamb to say something nice about one another, the opponents kicked off a veritable lovefest after weeks of hits.