Joe Lhota stepped up to the plate today for his one-time boss, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Mr. Lhota, currently running for mayor himself, sent out a press release blasting former mayor David Dinkins’ comments about his loss to Mr. Giuliani in 1993.
“I think it was just racism, pure and simple,” Mr. Dinkins wrote in his forthcoming memoir, highlighted in a New York Times piece published yesterday.
At a campaign stop this afternoon in Derry, New Hampshire, a reporter asked Rick Santorum about an event eight days ago where he was quoted singling out blacks as recipients of federal welfare benefits. In New Hampshire today, Mr. Santorum denied making the remark and said he has a proven record of standing up for the African American community.
“I didn’t say the word ‘black,’ I got my tongue tied,” Mr. Santorum said. “I’ve done more in–done more in working in the African American community as a Republican than any Republican in recent memory.”