When you are on the losing side of a primary it is hard to pick up and immediately endorse the winner. You want time to grieve for your the loss of your candidate. Especially a candidate that you believed passionately would have been a great Mayor of the Big Apple. However, government does take a break for personal feelings. The process demands that you toughen up and participate in the process.
In less than two months, New Yorkers will have to make the tough decision on who should be Mayor of the greatest city in the world. For that reason, I am strongly endorsing the candidacy of Bill de Blasio for Mayor of New York City.
Throughout the election while I was passionately supporting Quinn for Mayor, I would take time to express my respect and admiration for both Thompson and de Blasio. They are good men who have dedicated their lives to the betterment of society and those who are less fortunate. Democrats in the primary had a marvelous selection of good human beings on the ballot.
The choice for this November is an easy one.
Bill de Blasio cares deeply for the poor and middle class of New York City. He has been a forceful advocate against the 'stop and frisk' policy. He has annunciated a vision of bridging the gap between the super wealthy and those in need. de Blasio clearly cares about making sure that this city is affordable for and cares about all its citizens. Most importantly, having met Bill, he is a marvelous, kind and intelligent human being. Besides, who can't help but fall in love with his family!
One things is a given. de Blasio is a strong champion of LGBT rights and has been all his career in public service. No one in the LGBT community will ever have to doubt his commitment nor his intentions. He is a powerful straight ally.
Republican Joe Lhota is just not an option for thoughtful voters.
While presenting an interesting alternative you can always judge a person by their traveling companions. Already the Koch brothers have invested in his campaign. They have funded some of the most vehemently anti-LGBT candidates and campaigns in America. They are a major source of funds for the right wing and the Tea Party. Their influence in Lhota's campaign can not be discounted and it is an important indication of Lhota's politics.
In addition, Lhota as head of the MTA and in his statements has shown a remarkable lack of compassion and ability to censor his own statements. No matter if it is degrading the heroic Port Authority cops or his attempts to portray anyone who cares about the poor as some sort of leftist crazy makes him an unacceptable candidate to unite New York City and be the Mayor of all the people.
His persona is brash, confrontational and not conducive to continuing to make this city a special place. He has not shown an ability to understand the concerns of a wide variety of New York citizens and not been in the forefront of pressing issues. As yet another person is killed in a LGBT hate crime, he has been amazingly silent and not present in combating this epidemic of hate that is taking place in New York City.
When is the last time you saw Lhota at an LGBT or HIV/AIDS event?
de Blasio will be attacked heavily by the well funded Wall Street types. They will attempt to portray him as some sort of crazy leftist. Don't you believe it.
While de Blasio still has to budget out some of his programs, make clear that he will appoint talented people who know how to run the daily operations of this massive city and reassure people he understands the importance of a vibrant financial community in the Big Apple, he has the temperament, knowledge and ability to make that happen.
Please join Christine Quinn, Bill Thompson, a united Democratic Party and me in supporting the candidacy of Bill de Blasio for Mayor of New York City.