Mayor Michael Bloomberg today refused to explain his recent comment labeling Bill de Blasio’s mayoral campaign “racist.”
Speaking at since first open-question press conference since New York magazine published the controversial comments ten days ago, Mr. Bloomberg repeatedly insisted he would not talk about the race to succeed him.
“Look, I’m gonna stay out of this race,” he said in respond to the first question, which asked what he meant by the remark and whether he thought it played a role in Mr. de Blasio’s Democratic primary win.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg seems to have actually retreated from his accusation that Bill de Blasio’s mayoral campaign was “racist” for deploying his multiracial family on the trail, according to an updated version of the New York magazine story that has dominated the campaign trail today.
Although the interview still quotes Mr. Bloomberg describing the campaign as “class-warfare and racist,” when pressed on “racist,” he is now quoted saying, “Well, no, no,”–suggesting the mayor did not entirely stand behind his own wording.
They may be trying to defeat him in the polls, but Bill de Blasio’s mayoral opponents have his back on this one.
Christine Quinn, Bill Thompson and John Liu all criticized Mayor Michael Bloomberg for labeling Mr. de Blasio’s campaign “racist” because it prominently features his mixed-race family, according to a New York magazine interview published this morning.
Early this morning, The New York Times Magazine published an extensive, 8,400-word profile of former Congressman Anthony Weiner, his wife Huma Abedin and their life since an infamous social media-induced scandal destroyed his political career. The piece directly addressed the topic most political observers are interested in: “Weiner quickly put all the speculation to rest: he is eyeing the mayor’s race.”
“I don’t have this burning, overriding desire to go out and run for office,” Mr. Weiner told the publication. “It’s not the single animating force in my life as it was for quite some time. But I do recognize, to some degree, it’s now or maybe never for me, in terms of running for something.”
When Governor Andrew Cuomo quickly passed tough new gun control measures in January, he faced a raft of criticism for skipping the standard deliberative period and allegedly ignoring the more minute legislative details. The criticism recently found new substance with the bill’s apparently unworkable 7-bullet magazine requirement, which Albany is now working to reverse. And, on his weekly radio show with John Gambling, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that “one criticism” may indeed have merit.
“This is true of a lot of things,” Mr. Bloomberg said after accusing an unrelated City Council bill of having unintended side-effects. “You asked before about the magazines in Albany. We just got to start to thinking a little bit more about the implications of things before we rush to legislate and rush to legislate everything.”