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.
With his wife and daughter by his side, Bill de Blasio turned what had intended to be an ordinary campaign rally into a staunch push back against Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s latest controversial statement: calling Mr. de Blasio’s mayoral bid “racist” for showcasing his mixed-race family.
“All I can say is I hope the mayor will reconsider what he said. I hope he’ll realize that it was inappropriate. And I think the people of this city are ready for us to move forward together,” Mr. de Blasio said earlier this afternoon, standing inside Brooklyn District Attorney candidate Ken Thompson’s campaign headquarters.
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.
Well, that’s one way to insert yourself into the mayoral race.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has long tried to avoid commenting on his possible successors, reportedly slammed Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s campaign as “class-warfare and racist,” according to a New York magazine interview that was released this morning.
Asked to elaborate on the “racist” claim, Mr. Bloomberg accused Mr. de Blasio of highlighting his multiracial family simply to secure black votes.
Last week’s fiery “environmental racism” dispute between two mayoral campaigns doesn’t appear to be going away anytime soon.
The alleged offense in question came when Council Speaker Christine Quinn was asked about one of her rivals, former Comptroller Bill Thompson, and his decision to oppose the controversial proposed waste transfer station on the Upper East Side.