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.
The Kids Don't Stand A Chance
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is a big fan of the band Vampire Weekend, apparently.
“I just can’t wait for the new album, Modern Vampires in the City!” Mr. de Blasio, a candidate for mayor this year, says in a promotional video released today. “It’s something that I’ve been waiting for. I can’t wait for it to come out.”
In honor of Boardwalk Empire star Steve Buscemi’s entrée into the mayoral race today, we decided to give all of the declared and all-but-official candidates a photographic makeover based on a Buscemi-inspired internet meme.
Move aside Scarlett Johansson (and one-time mayoral candidate Scott Stringer), another citywide contender is hosting a celebrity-infused fundraiser for the 2013 election cycle. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, who’s all-but-certain to campaign for mayor next year, just rolled out an event with actor Steve Buscemi.
“I got to know Bill when we fought side-by-side against the city’s misguided efforts to close firehouses across New York a decade ago,” Mr. Buscemi wrote in a letter to Mr. de Blasio’s supporters today. “As a former FDNY firefighter, keeping those firehouses open was an issue close to my heart, and I was moved by Bill’s courage and deep personal commitment to our cause.”
ScarJo For Stringer
Actress Scarlett Johansson is holding her third fundraiser for Manhattan borough president and likely mayoral candidate Scott Stringer. The event, which will be held on the roof of the Maritime Hotel in Chelsea, includes a two hour party preceded by an hour-and-a-half long “private reception.” Tickets for the party start at $50, access to the reception is reserved for chairs who pony up $2,500.