New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says Public Advocate Bill de Blasio—the leading Democrat vying to replace him—is running a "racist" campaign because campaign literature highlights his multi-racial family!
"I mean he’s making an appeal using his family to gain support. I think it’s pretty obvious to anyone watching what he’s been doing. I do not think he himself is racist. It’s comparable to me pointing out I’m Jewish in attracting the Jewish vote. You tailor messages to your audiences and address issues you think your audience cares about."
Mr. de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, is Black and bisexual, and discussed her sexuality in a groundbreaking interview with ESSENCE. Their teenage son, Dante, has appeared in his father’s campaign adverts and has become an internet sensation because ads and photos prominently feature his fabulous afro.
Also in the extensive interview with New York magazine: The bilionaire Bloomberg also slams de Blasio for running a "left-wing" and "class-warfare" campaign ... and claims the city's poor "ain't poor" because they have air-conditioning and cars.
The question you’ve got to ask yourself is, are we spending money to help those that are struggling? We spend $22,000 per year per student. No other city in the country spends that. We have a commitment to having a park within a ten-minute walk of everybody. I don’t think any administration has done as much to help the whole spectrum of people who live here. ...
So if that’s what you describe as income inequality—that’s just not an apt description. One of the things that’s different today is the poor—80 percent [nationally] have air-conditioning. Seventy percent have cars. When we grew up we didn’t have air-conditioning. Air-conditioning in the schools, the subways. Are you crazy? Now, by most of the world’s standards, you ain’t poor. The old measure just looked at your income. It didn’t look at what services you need. I’m not being cavalier about it, but most places in the world our poor are wealthy. There’s a lot of tragedy around the world.
Bloomberg's heated rhetoric is probably in response to the latest poll numbers which show de Blasio soaring above his rivals in the September 10 primary. de Blasio is polling at 43 percent "an astonishing climb that puts him past the 40 percent threshold needed to avoid a primary runoff," reports the Daily News.
While far out-pacing his next closest rivals Bill Thompson and Christine Quinn — locked in a statistical dead heat at 20 and 18 percent, respectively — de Blasio is also siphoning off votes in what should be their bases of support, the Quinnipiac poll found.
He trounces Quinn — vying to become the city’s first woman mayor — with women, 44 percent to her 18 percent, according to the poll of 750 likely voters. That poll also shows de Blasio drawing nearly double the support from black voters as Thompson, the only African American in the race, with 47% of black voters telling pollsters they back de Blasio and compared to 25% backing Thompson.
The New York City mayoral primary is Tuesday, September 10.