Bill de Blasio had a very happy Halloween.
The mayoral front-runner returned home last night for Park Slope’s annual Halloween parade, the undisputed star of the evening. Children, recognizing him from television, rushed from the sidelines to be near him. Euphoric cheers greeted him at almost every stop along the procession, which snaked down 7th Avenue to 3rd Street.
Election Day: 2013apalooza
Judging by the horde of cameras alone, Election Day is Bill de Blasio’s day.
The public advocate and his wife voted near their Park Slope home this morning, meeting a storm of cameras and reporters as they ambled into a local library to vote. Mr. de Blasio, leading his mayoral rivals comfortably in all of the latest polls, brushed off any talk that he would vault past 40 percent and avoid a runoff in the Democratic primary.
First, Comptroller John Liu yelled, “Yes we can!” to the crowded Apollo Theater last week. Today, rival Bill de Blasio compared his own surging mayoral bid to President Barack Obama’s re-election effort–with his own celebrities in tow to make the case.
“You’ll remember the pundits in October 2012. Remember the message we heard over and over again? ‘Well, the Obama momentum has ended, you know, it’s almost about to be over, Romney’s moving, he’s surging,’” said Mr. de Blasio at a phone banking event in Park Slope.
Anthony Weiner’s 17-month-old son, Jordan, joined him on the campaign trail on Father’s Day Sunday, earning the occasional “awww” as the former congressman greeted voters at a street fair in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where he grew up.
Little Jordan, decked out blue plaid pants and a stylish fedora, seemed unfazed by the crowd of campaign staffers and reporters who trailed his dad, who was juggling babysitting, posing for photos and urging Democratic voters to sign petitions to get him on the ballot.
“You’re big-time upstaging me, bud,” he told his son, who munched on a cheese crepe as photographers snapped.
Bill de Blasio’s mayoral campaign launch was, quite literally, a family affair. He made the long expected announcement in the front years of his home accompanied by his wife and son, a fitting setting as he cast himself as a local parent who would wage a populist, progressive battle against the inequitable, out-of-touch policies of both Mayor Bloomberg and his rivals within the Democratic party.
“Government must focus on the needs of families, must be the protector of neighborhoods and must guard the people from the enormous power of moneyed interests. Now my friends, it can be done, but not by elected leaders alone,” Mr. de Blasio said in front of a cheering crowd who filled the sidewalks and street in front of his home. “It requires average New Yorkers who simply refuse to allow their community’s voices to be stifled. It’s their spirit that I intend to sweep into City Hall. A spirit that shouts that all boroughs were created equal and that all our residents matter! And that’s why today, here on my block in Brooklyn, I proudly declare my candidacy for mayor of New York City!”