Mayor Michael Bloomberg should be wearing one of those 'Anybody but Quinn' t-shirts.
The Mayor has made it his purpose to undercut Speaker Quinn's race for mayor. First, he publicly embarked on a campaign to find any other candidate. He even put forth the names of Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Hillary Clinton leaving the impression that he couldn't even consider Quinn. Then he publicly went after her for her leadership on 'stop and frisk' and other key issues where she dared to disagree with him.
Now he has sunk to a new low this weekend. In fact, he has damaged his legacy from the last twelve years with a last minute, ugly and not accurate charge. He should be ashamed of himself.
In the very last weekend before the primary, the Mayor has accused candidate Bill de Blasio of running a racist campaign. Why? Because de Blasio is running ads featuring his very fine and loving interracial family. The de Blasio ads were proper and actually at times moving.
These last minute attacks on de Blasio in the last weekend can only help de Blasio and hurt Quinn who is working hard to get her message out to he voters. Now all weekend we have to listen over and over again about the Mayor's outrageous charges.
Wonder if the Mayor thinks Christine Quinn is running a homophobic campaign because she has featured her wife Kim?
Really, Mr. Mayor, shame on you. So how could a smart man like the Mayor made such a horrible statement. It is either for one of two reasons and neither of them is pretty. One is that the Mayor is horribly out of touch with the real and changing world. That by living in his rarified and isolated world he is totally out of touch with reality.
The other reason is more Machiavellian and shameful.
Wall Street, the Republicans and special interests are lining up behind Republican Joe Lhota. The right wing Koch family just gave over six figures to his campaign. Insiders know that Lhota feels he can't defeat Quinn in the general but they can 'red bait' and tarnish Bill de Blasio and win the election in November.
By undercutting Quinn with these outrageous and shameful statements this weekend, they are attempting to find a candidate who they feel they can defeat.
While I am a militantly strong Quinn supporter there is no question in my mind that Bill de Blasio is fine man and his family must be very proud of him - as they should be! The Republicans won't succeed in New York of dictating how Democrats vote in November. No matter if it is Quinn or de Blasio we aren't falling for the disgusting politics of the Lhota forces.
The Mayor just had one of the lowest moments since he came into office. Shame on him.