The Clinton Connection
Bill de Blasio’s swearing-in event will feature two of the biggest names in Democratic politics: former President Bill Clinton and his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Mr. Clinton himself will officially swear in Mr. de Blasio next Wednesday afternoon, the mayor-elect’s transition team announced Saturday.
During the Democratic primary, feminist icon Gloria Steinem was one of failed mayoral candidate Christine Quinn’s biggest fans. But as Ms. Quinn’s chief rival, Bill de Blasio, prepares to take office, Ms. Steinem says she’s thrilled to welcome the incoming mayor following an election she said reminded her a lot of the 2008 presidential primary won by Barack Obama.
“It was a little bit like a city version of 2008,” Ms. Steinem told Politicker in an interview after a rally outside City Hall this week boosting Melissa Mark-Viverito’s speaker bid.
Bill de Blasio’s fund-raiser tonight with Hillary Clinton is expected to bring in over $1 million for his mayoral campaign, according to a source with knowledge of the the sum–and Mr. de Blasio couldn’t be more thrilled.
The Democratic front-runner gushed on and on about the former secretary of state at a press conference this morning, declaring “there’s literally no one more respected in this country.”
After spending a week or so leveling “Marxist” accusations against his Democratic rival, Joe Lhota has switched to a new talking point: managerial experience.
Over the past 48 hours, the Republican mayoral candidate has repeatedly skewered Bill de Blasio for failing to oversee any significant budget over the course of his career.
big name backers
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will host a fund-raiser for front-running mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio next month, his campaign announced this afternoon.
The former first lady and her husband, Bill Clinton, endorsed the Democrat last week in a joint statement.
Bill and Hillary Clinton are officially backing Bill de Blasio for mayor.
In a joint statement issued by their respective spokesmen, the former president and secretary of state praised the expected Democratic nominee, saying they were “proud” of his primary campaign and “behind him” as he moves on to the general election against Republican Joe Lhota.
Mayoral front-runner Bill de Blasio is getting some love from his old bosses: Bill and Hillary Clinton.
Speaking to reporters at a rally celebrating a court ruling that will keep Long Island College Hospital open indefinitely, Mr. de Blasio noted the fact that both Bill and Hillary had called him to offer congratulations after dominating Tuesday night’s Democratic primary.
A confident Bill de Blasio brushed off suggestions that the Democratic nomination is in limbo, telling reporters this afternoon that he’s moving full steam ahead, regardless of the final outcome of the mayoral race’s count.
“I don’t feel like I’m in limbo,” declared Mr. de Blasio, speaking to reporters at a lively rally in Brooklyn celebrating a judge’s ruling to keep Long Island College Hospital open indefinitely, to supporters’ enthusiastic applause.
“Can I ask the audience, ‘Do I look like a guy in limbo?’” he asked them.
Bill de Blasio says he’s decisive, no matter what the The New York Times may say to the contrary.
This morning, the paper of record ran a front-page story examining the mayoral candidate’s leadership style through the lens of how he managed Hillary Clinton’s U.S. Senate campaign and walked away somewhat unimpressed. Mr. de Blasio was labeled “frequently indecisive” and sometimes “agonizingly inefficient in a high-pressure, ever-shifting situation,” among other criticism.
But at a campaign stop in the Boro Park neighborhood of Brooklyn today, Mr. de Blasio insisted this depiction was inaccurate.
Yesterday, Politico and other outlets reported that Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, was investigating whether Huma Abedin’s role in the U.S. State Department conflicted with her private consulting work. Ms. Abedin, of course, is the wife of Anthony Weiner, a Democrat mounting a high-profile campaign for mayor this year. Politicker caught up with Mr. Weiner earlier today to get his take on the situation.
The former congressman, speaking broadly, touted his wfe’s accomplishments in pubic life while insisting everything she did was “above board.”