Two of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s closest allies today refused to criticize the mayor over the controversy surrounding his call to police following the arrest of an early campaign supporter–with one literally walking away from reporters at City Hall.
“I will defer to the mayor of the City of New York,” repeated Public Advocate Tish James, as she was trailed by reporters walking from City Hall to her office on Centre Street.
Mayor Bill de Blasio canceled a planned press conference this morning, a day after he was grilled by reporters for his decision to keep schools open during yesterday’s blizzard and placing a personal call to police after an early campaign supporter was arrested earlier this week.
His office announced the scheduling change via email blast, which read, “There are no public events scheduled.”
The Daily Show last night took on new Mayor Bill de Blasio first major “scandal”: his decision to eat his pizza with a knife and fork.
Calling out Mr. de Blasio’s utensil transgression, a faux-outraged Jon Stewart castigated the new mayor, who has presented himself as a populist fighter, for eating just like Donald Trump.
Baby on Board
Former Assemblyman Vito Lopez, who resigned after a sexual harassment scandal and is now running for City Council, has a background that is basically made for an attack ad. For example: extremely lurid reports of official misconduct.
But that doesn’t mean he can’t send out negative mailers of his own.
It was time for Scott Stringer’s wife and baby to shine.
Elyse Buxbaum–a.k.a. Mrs. Stringer–officially hit the trail for the first time this morning on behalf of her husband’s city comptroller campaign, with the pair’s 11-week-old son, Miles, in tow. Accompanied by public advocate hopeful Reshma Saujani, Ms. Buxbaum visited two senior living centers in Queens, showing off her bundle of joy to the elderly residents milling about before lunch.
“This is his wife,” Stringer spokeswoman Audrey Gelman said to a resident who was familiar with the borough president. “Do you like babies?”
Sometimes sequels really are better than the original.
Facing off at the second debate of the comptroller’s race, former Gov. Eliot Spitzer and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer managed to ratchet up the negativity and attacks even beyond what was seen during their first round in the ring last Friday.
Under the glow of a dangling chandelier in Brooklyn’s First Baptist Church this morning, Eliot Spitzer was forgiven.
Mr. Spitzer’s candidacy in the city comptroller’s race has often been branded as a quest for political redemption even as the former governor tries not to discuss the prostitution scandal that derailed his political career five years ago. But the topic of conversation was not up to him this morning.
The circus surrounding this year’s electoral season doesn’t end.
Kristin Davis, who claims to be the former madam for ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer and is now running against him in the comptroller’s race, was arrested yesterday by federal prosecutors on charges of selling prescription pills containing controlled substances for cash.
Former Congressman Anthony Weiner accused Mayor Michael Bloomberg of using school closures to skirt union rules and fudging test scores ahead of his 2005 re-election bid during a conversation on education policy this morning that represented a rare reprieve from relentless questions about his latest sexing scandal.
Still trying to shift the conversation away from revelations that have engulfed his fledgling mayoral campaign in recent weeks, Mr. Weiner spent nearly an hour discussing everything from test scores to classroom diversity during a CUNY Institute of Education Policy Breakfast at Hunter College.
Anthony Weiner tried to clear the air Friday evening, giving a whirlwind round of interviews to various local news outlets. Free of the chaotic press scrums that have dominated his mayoral campaign since his latest sexting revelations, Mr. Weiner pushed his interviewers to turn the page on the scandal.
It was awkward.
“Are you a narcissist?” PIX11′s Mario Diaz asked Mr. Weiner in his interview’s opening question. Mr. Weiner replied that he likes to get in front of crowds, adding, “I’m sure there are a lot of people like that in television news, too.”