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Even Bill Thompson’s supporters are now saying publicly that it’s time for him to end his campaign and rally behind Bill de Blasio as the Democratic Party’s nominee for mayor.
“In an election year with so many tough decisions on crucial issues, we must begin a new chapter today by uniting behind our Democratic nominee for New York City’s next mayor,” Assemblyman Walter Mosley, a former Thompson endorser, announced in a statement this afternoon. “I am proud to support Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.”
Movin' On Up On The East Side
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.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s mayoral campaign received a boost this morning in the form of State Senator Liz Krueger’s official support.
“I know all of the candidates and I’ve been … listening to their vision for where they want to take the City of New York if they were to win,” she told Politicker, citing affordable housing and education. “I find myself–on topic after topic–being most consistently in agreement with Bill de Blasio.”
The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, a relatively modest-sized but politically aggressive union, has announced more endorsements for the 2013 election cycle.
The support, which spans City Council races across the five boroughs, was given to a mixture of incumbents and open-seat contenders, and includes candidates who have amassed large labor coalitions like Austin Shafran in Queens and less establishment-oriented hopefuls like John Mancuso in Staten Island. All are Democrats.
After receiving nods from all but one of the city’s major unions thus far, Brooklyn Councilwoman Tish James public advocate campaign is continuing to roll out other notable labor endorsements.
Yesterday, Ms. James scored District Council 37, the city’s largest municipal workers’ union, and today, she’s adding UFCW Local 1500, which represents the city’s grocery store workers.
Comptroller John Liu’s mayoral campaign will get the official endorsement from District Council 37, the public employees union with the largest membership in New York City, according to multiple sources familiar with the group’s vote this evening.
Although Politicker’s sources wished to remain anonymous in order to speak freely, a Twitter account claiming to belong to the president of Local 374/DC37 announced the news 30 minutes ago as well.
As the campaign season rumbles towards the September 10 primary date, unions are placing their thumb on the scale in an attempt to elect candidates sympathetic to their interests. Accordingly, the Transport Workers Union Local 100, comprising 38,000 bus and subway employees, released a wide range of endorsements today for City Council races across the five boroughs.
“TWU Local 100 is proud to announce our support for candidates who are the strongest Public Transportation and Labor candidates in their respective races,” union president John Samuelsen said in a statement.
Comptroller John Liu may be facing the scrutiny that comes with two associates being convicted of an attempted fraud scheme on his behalf, but his mayoral campaign is still plugging along. Indeed, Mr. Liu will be endorsed by Brooklyn Assemblyman Peter Abbate tomorrow morning, according to a Democratic operative with knowledge of the event.
Last night, the labor-backed Working Families Party announced their support in a host of races across the city, beginning with Tish James for public advocate and working their way down to open-seat council campaigns.
The endorsement for Ms. James, a Brooklyn councilwoman, is particularly notable because, with a less sizable campaign war chest than her top rivals, Ms. James’ strategy relies on unifying union forces. There are two other citywide races this year, but without a strong labor consensus for mayor and a virtually uncontested race for comptroller, the public advocate competition is relatively unique.
State Sen. Dan Squadron’s campaign for public advocate continued to hum along today as he announced six endorsements from Albany’s lower legislative chamber: Assemblymembers Deborah Glick, Brian Kavanagh, Micah Kellner, Dan Quart, Joan Millman and Nily Rozic.