The longer I look at this race for the Democratic Primary nomination, where the winner will probably become the next NYC Mayor (After 20 years of Republicans)…..
The More I am convinced that it will come down to Weiner vs Thompson…..
Weiner has the media and ‘underdog’ title…Thompson has Labor and the Black vote….
I’m calling it for Weiner right now …..
When campaigns schedule voter meet-and-greets outside of subway stops, they typically entail candidates standing on sidewalks with handfuls of flyers, trying desperately to shake hands with frenzied commuters–often disinterested in being pestered on their way to or from work. But this wasn’t the usual candidate.
This was former Congressman Anthony Weiner, who held court this evening on the Upper West Side. For well over an hour, Mr. Weiner stood surrounded by a crowd of attentive voters, spectators and reporters, fielding one question after the next after the next.
“If I had a soap box I’d climb up on it,” mused Mr. Weiner early on in the conversation, which was reminiscent of the atmosphere at the famed Speaker’s Corner in London’s Hyde Park.
Aside from an early heckler, the reception was overwhelmingly positive, with various locals stopping to pose for photos, listen in and wish Mr. Weiner well. Others peppered him with questions on a host of topics, including education, bike lanes, the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk tactic, affordable housing and hospital closings.
Among the most interesting came near the end, when Mr. Weiner was asked to name one former mayor and one national political figure he most aspired to be like.
On the city side, he cited Ed Koch. “I liked the first two terms of Koch. This idea of doing this,” he said, gesturing to the group. “Like, he seemed to take joy–the same way I do–in meeting people and talking to them. There wasn’t this sense of condescension with Koch. And then third terms … you hear what I’m saying, get tough.”
Christine Quinn. (Photo: Getty)
Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s mayoral campaign shifted gears last month as she tore into her various opponents for their allegedly lackluster records, but she didn’t go after them by name. That changed tonight.
The fireworks began when, during an interview on NY1′s Road to City Hall, Ms. Quinn was presented with rival Bill de Blasio’s argument today that the City Council “has been manipulated by the mayor, especially via Speaker Quinn,” and thus can’t be tasked with reforming the city’s embattled 911 system.
“Bill de Blasio is desperate,” Ms. Quinn shot back. “He is stuck in the bottom of the polls and he’s desperately, and quite frankly, sadly attacking an institution I’m incredibly proud of–an institution he was a member of and in the leadership of for eight years.”
And, when given the opportunity to attack former Comptroller Bill Thompson over his handling of the infamous CityTime project–a city contract aiming at modernizing payroll systems that went vastly over budget–Ms. Quinn didn’t hesitate.
“The comptroller, one of his most basic responsibilities … is to audit. He didn’t do that. He was asleep at the switch and first started taking responsibility and now is blaming other people when he let $700 million basically go right under his nose. That’s a record he has to defend and stop blaming other people,” Ms. Quinn said.
But, in a sign of a new fiery pace of the mayoral campaign, Mr. Thompson and Mr. de Blasio had statements out blasting Ms. Quinn right back before her full interview had even aired this evening.
Transport Workers Union Local 100, which represents bus and subway workers, has decided to endorse Democrat Bill Thompson for mayor, the Daily News has learned.
The union, which has 30,000 members, will make an official announcement at City Hall on Tuesday, a source said.
CITY’S TEACHERS UNION ENDORSES BILL THOMPSON FOR MAYOR
Former MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota, who resigned in December to run for mayor as a Republican, was not invited to apply for the endorsement, the source said.
Before leaving the transit agency, Lhota unsuccessfully negotiated with the TWU for months to try and nail down a new union contract.
photo…susana bates for the NY Daily News
Bill Thompson scored an endorsement for mayor from the 30,000-member TWU Local 100.
Thompson told labor brass that he would work with Gov. Cuomo to help them secure a fair contract, but he stopped short of backing retroactive raises, which the union is pushing for, the source said.
Three other Democrats — City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and Controller John Liu — all met with union leaders, but Thompson ended up winning out, the source said.