Skip to main content

Yesterday, The Nation wrote an excellent piece about New York City Mayor candidate, Bill de Balsio (D) that won over my support:

In running for mayor, de Blasio has promised to tackle the city’s inequality crisis head-on, harnessing what he has called “the most powerful local government on earth” to bring affordable housing, living-wage jobs, universal pre-kindergarten and genuine opportunity to the city’s millions of forgotten residents. “My job is to help New Yorkers live in New York,” he told New York magazine in a recent interview. The words sound nice, but what makes them compelling is the fact that de Blasio has backed them up with a platform that The New York Times has described as “the meatiest material presented by any candidate to date.”

There is a lot to like, from proposals on education and homelessness to public safety—but among the ideas that we found most persuasive is his unusually diverse economic development strategy, which embraces not only job creation but also enhanced labor protections and long-overdue investments in New York’s once-great public universities. De Blasio was a major force behind living-wage and paid-sick-leave legislation—indeed, he fought for much stronger bills than those ultimately passed by the City Council—and his platform contains additional policies to increase wages for the city’s working poor. He is also steadfastly pro-union, which is both a welcome change and a crucial one after twelve years of an administration so hostile to labor that all 152 of the city’s public unions are without contracts. And in an effort to stanch New York’s affordable-housing crisis, he has put forward an ambitious plan to build or preserve nearly 200,000 affordable-housing units over the coming decade, while pledging to remove wasteful tax breaks for real estate developers.

Perhaps most unexpected is the centerpiece of de Blasio’s platform: a city income-tax surcharge on New Yorkers earning over $500,000 a year to provide truly universal, full-day pre-kindergarten to every child in New York City—a game-changing investment in the next generation of New Yorkers. The revenue from this surcharge would also fund after-school academics, athletics and cultural programming for every middle-schooler. It is notable that de Blasio made this tax proposal in the belly of the beast, at a meeting of the city’s corporate leaders.

Finally, de Blasio has been one of the fiercest critics of the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy, which has seen hundreds of thousands of young black and Latino men wrongly detained and subjected to searches. And of the candidates, he has been the most vocal and persistent supporter of a bill to prohibit racial profiling and impose greater police oversight. He has also pledged to replace Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, who stubbornly defends stop-and-frisk. - The Nation, 8/8/13

Lost in the media frenzy of the Anthony Weiner/Carlos Danger fiasco, de Blasio has been proving to be the anti-Mike Bloomberg candidate that the Big Apple needs, especially when it comes to the stop-and-frisk laws, which heavily target African Americans.  De Blasio has been pushing hard to pitch to the black community that he is the candidate who is looking out for their interests:

“I’m a Brooklynite, I’m someone who has worked on issues that people in this community care about deeply,” Mr. de Blasio told Politicker when asked why locals would support him over Mr. Thompson. “I think it comes down to what you believe in. It comes down to–I’ll really make a change, whether it’s taxing the rich, whether it’s changing stop-and-frisk. And I think people are listening for that.”

Mr. de Blasio touted his support of the Community Safety Act, a package of bills passed by the City Council that would, among other proposals, create an inspector general for the NYPD. The act was vetoed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and remains deeply unpopular with police officers. Mr. Thompson, though a critic of stop-and-frisk, does not support the legislation.

“I think people are listening to those details. I often think voters are real nuanced at paying attention to the facts,” Mr. de Blasio added, cutting short his appeal to shake hands with a voter.

“Talk to him! He’s here to talk to you!” a volunteer barked behind him. “What are your issues?”

Many of the voters Mr. de Blasio and his aides corralled belonged to immigrants from Caribbean countries, a notable slice of the electorate that the public advocate has made a centerpiece of his campaign strategy. He and his wife, who is of Caribbean descent, often attends events like the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival and his electoral bid recently scored the endorsements of Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, who is of Jamaican descent, and legendary singer Harry Belefonte. - Politicker, 8/7/13

A big factor that is helping de Blasio's candidacy is his family's involvement on the campaign trail:

The focus on family, which is expected to intensify as the Sept. 10 primary approaches, is a deliberate attempt to humanize and distinguish a candidate who remains relatively unknown to New York City’s far-flung electorate.

His rivals have privately groaned that he is turning his personal life into political theater and have wondered whether it will turn off potential supporters. But Mr. de Blasio said his wife and children put as much or as little time into the mayoral race as they wished, and he scoffed at those who questioned the family’s motives.

“It’s our lives,” he said. “We are portraying our lives, our values as a family.”

In a city where white residents are becoming a minority of the voting population, the family-centric strategy has allowed Mr. de Blasio, who is Italian-American, to portray himself as a paragon of modern, middle-class, multicultural New York: Ms. McCray is black and the couple has two children, Dante and Chiara, 18.

His aides argue that the tactic has bolstered his credibility on the issue of education, since his children attended public school, and portrayed him as a moral family man in a campaign marked by sex scandals.

It has also, Mr. de Blasio’s aides said, reinforced his message that he represents a stark break from Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, a wealthy white divorced father who sent his children to private academies. - New York Times, 8/8/13

Recently, de Blasio's son, Dante, appeared in an ad that helped define de Blasio as the anti-Bloomebrg candidate:

The 15-year-old, whose towering Afro has become a star of the mayor’s race, says his dad is the only candidate “who will end the stop-and-frisk era that . . . targets people of color.”

De Blasio’s African-American wife also appears — part of an effort to appeal to black voters. Ad consultant Bob Chartuk said the spot will “resonate with the exact segment he’s targeting, black voters.” - New York Daily News, 8/8/13

De Balsio's heavy focus on the effects of the stop-and-frisk policy also earned him a big financial backing which he will need to win:

Liberal philanthropist and businessman George Soros re-emerged in the political spotlight on Tuesday, officially endorsing public advocate Bill de Blasio to be the next mayor of New York City.

“I am endorsing Bill de Blasio for Mayor because I believe he has the talent, vision and ability to lead New York City,” said Soros in a statement issued by de Blasio’s press team.

In particular, Soros cited the public advocate's support for universal prekindergarten and opposition to New York City’s controversial stop-and-frisk police policy, which critics say unfairly targets black men.  

“Bill de Blasio has cut through the rhetoric on stop-and-frisk, and alone advanced concrete policy changes that can mean far fewer innocent New Yorkers are subject to this demeaning practice while reductions in crime are maintained,” Soros said. - Yahoo! News, 8/6/13

And just recently, de Blasio launched a new campaign strategy to make public housing a serious issue:

Public housing residents will finally be able to see just how far behind NYCHA is in fixing up their buildings.

On Friday, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio will launch the NYCHA Watch List — a “hall of shame” website that lists all of the authority’s backlogged repairs .

Modeled after his popular “Worst Landlords” list, does what NYCHA executives never have — let residents and the public who pay their six-figure salaries see just how deep that backlog is.

“NYCHA is a black box,” said de Blasio, blasting the agency’s bad habit of keeping information from its 600,000 tenants.

The Watch List ranks the worst developments and gives the brutal details — such as how long it takes for an exterminator to go after rats, mice and roaches. - New York Daily News, 8/9/13

You can check out de Blasio's website here:

I admit, I was an early supporter of Weiner's campaign but looking back, it was for the wrong reasons.  I never believed he should've been forced to resign due from Congress because of the "Twitter scandal" and was a big fan of him during the health care debate when he strongly argued for the public option.  But the recent developments with his scandals strengthen the argument that Weiner is the type of guy who will get himself caught in stupid and embarrassing scenarios setting himself to become easily blackmailed by anyone.  Not to mention brooklynbadboy, who's opinions I greatly respect, made some pretty valid arguments:

I was also still very angry about Mark Sanford (R. SC) beating Elizabeth Colbert Busch (D. SC) in the special election thanks to the dirty and shady smear tactics that suggested that Colbert Busch had an abortion.  Sanford is one of those "family values" hypocrites who shouldn't have won, even in a red state like South Carolina.  So I guess you could say my support for Weiner was for pure revenge.  I thought at the time that if a Republican who was caught in a serious sex scandal and abused his power could win a congressional race, why couldn't a Democrat who's "scandal" that barely reached Sanford levels make a political comeback as well?  My motives for supporting Weiner were wrong and I apologized.  But I am now proud to be supporting a real progressive changer who I believe will do great things for one of the greatest cities in the world.  

Be sure to catch de Blasio in next week's debate which you can check out here:

And if you would like to donate or get involved with de Blasio's campaign, you can do so here:


Originally posted to pdc on Fri Aug 09, 2013 at 09:54 AM PDT.

Also republished by New York City, Youth Kos 2.0, The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party, and Black Kos community.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

  •  I heard a pundit knowledgeable about the NY (6+ / 0-)

    mayoral race say that he thinks de Blasio will win the primary. He said Quinn is too allied with Bloomberg, and she's starting to sink in popularity. It would be nice if de Blasio turns out to be as good as his rhetoric.

  •  If I live in NYC again, DiBlasio would get my vote (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    OllieGarkey, Mystic Michael, Nica24

    Pretty hard to come up with many good reasons why he shouldn't be the next mayor.

    Another beautiful day in the Dystopian Surveillance State.

    by thenekkidtruth on Fri Aug 09, 2013 at 10:29:12 AM PDT

  •  My nightmare scenario is a Weiner-Quinn runoff (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Mystic Michael, rubyr

    because of Weiner's penis politics, and Quinn's corruption.

    She helped turn hospitals into luxury apartments, and supports the city's "affordable" housing plans which targets families making more than 60K per-year and subsidizes mostly luxury development.

    In that situation, I'd vote Weiner.

    We won't survive another Bloomberg administration, and from everything I know about Quinn, that's exactly what we'd get.

    An Fhirinn an aghaidh an t'Saoghail. (The truth against the world.) Is treasa tuath na tighearna. (The common people are mightier than the lords.)

    by OllieGarkey on Fri Aug 09, 2013 at 10:30:25 AM PDT

    •  Quinn could be worse than Bloomberg (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      rubyr, OllieGarkey

      She's part of his machine but she's also for sale (obviously). I fear she'd continue Bloomberg's nasty politics without a hint of the minor good things Bloomberg's gotten done. Plus she doesn't have anywhere near Lord Mike's cash so she'd be for sale cheaper, and that's very dangerous.

      If you didn't like the news today, go out and make some of your own.

      by jgnyc on Fri Aug 09, 2013 at 03:35:08 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Amen!! n/t (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:

      "Southern nights have you ever felt a southern night?" Allen Toussaint ~~Remember the Gulf of Mexico~~

      by rubyr on Fri Aug 09, 2013 at 05:37:39 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  The sooner Weiner pulls out... (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    ...of this race, the better for de Blasio.  That would mean that de Blasio's main rival for the anti-Quinn vote, prior to the Democratic primary in September, would be Bill Thompson.

    It's pretty much accepted wisdom (probably true) that while Quinn still holds a plurality of support well short of the crucial 50% threshold, the combined anti-Quinn vote is much larger, and is divided among several candidates - chiefly Thompson, de Blasio & Weiner.  Therefore, anything that keeps Weiner, Thompson, et al in the race all the way to the primary, ultimately benefits Quinn.

    de Blasio needs to consolidate his support ASAP.  The main question for him is going to be: "Can he win at least second place in the Democratic primary?"  If he can, he stands a very good chance of beating Quinn in the run-off, and becoming NYC's next mayor!

    Truly knowledge is power. And knowledge of spiritual things is spiritual power.

    by Mystic Michael on Fri Aug 09, 2013 at 11:49:19 AM PDT

    •  De Blasio is still running third in (0+ / 0-)

      the most recent polls. See today's NYT.  He or  Thompson should drop out, Weiner is not the problem. I would still vote for the cadidate who is disliked by the establishment, and would not vote for  anyone who is supported by any union. I live in NYC,  I know about all the giveaway of taxpayers money to the unions for their help at election time. Thompson is too close to the moneyed set in Manhattan, his association with Al D'Amato was a killer for me. It looks like people just do not like Di Blasio, or they don't like the idea of going back to elected officials giving in to every demand made by the Trades Union. Weiner and Spitzer for me.

      •  Both Weiner and Spitzer (0+ / 0-)

        have been endorsed by unions.

        Every Democrat running has been endorsed by at least one union.

        I guess you'll be voting Republican.

      •  You have a right to your opinion, but... (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        poopdogcomedy is neither accurate nor fair to state that New Yorkers don't like de Blasio.  They simply don't know him well enough.

        IMO, de Blasio is by far the best candidate in this race - and that's not a judgement at which I've arrived cavalierly.  Weiner had my interest - until the past few weeks of his rampant, narcissistic douchebaggery finally put him off my radar - permanently.

        Truly knowledge is power. And knowledge of spiritual things is spiritual power.

        by Mystic Michael on Sat Aug 10, 2013 at 04:25:35 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  My expectation is that de Blasio's on the ground (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    poopdogcomedy, jgnyc, rubyr

    support operation is going to prove decisive. With 1199 behind him, he's going to get votes. You can bet on that. It'll be the white liberals and younger black voters that will put de Blasio in position for the runoff.

     Thompson, the king of milquetoast, is going to have some advantage due to name recognition. He's going to carry the old folks vote. But de Blasio is coming on strong at just the right time. I expect he's going to make big splash labor day and sprint into second.

    After that, he's got to begin broadening his vote. Especially by broadening his reach into the Italian and Jewish vote. With union support, and if he can get Liu to endorse him, he should get the Asian and Latino vote pretty quick.

    The big fight is going to be over the Jewish vote. My hope is that de Blasio goes hard after the Hasidim and then builds out from there. A big, splashy, pro-Israel speech should do the trick. Maybe also a speech for small developers as opposed to the big guys in manhattan. That would also appeal to the Hasidim.

    •  Ironically, Jewish voters were the one group (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:

      Weiner has polled terribly with.  Which groups will Quinn get?  Who's winning the big LGBT vote right now?

      Funny Stuff at

      by poopdogcomedy on Fri Aug 09, 2013 at 02:30:51 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  LGBT will almost certainly all go to Quinn. (0+ / 0-)

        Its her base, and rightfully so. The big bright spot in her record is her longstanding, unflinching support for equality. Even when it was really hard. She deserves their support.

        She will also get the yuppie vote and the sort of upper income establishment Bloomberg lovers. Like people who work in media, wall street, publishing, etc. Upper income Manhattan liberals. She'll win that easy.

  •  LET'S DO THIS ! (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    deBlasio is far and away the most palatable realistic candidate. I'm out of town before the primary so here's hoping he gets through as I'll volunteer for him against Quinn and in the general.

    If you didn't like the news today, go out and make some of your own.

    by jgnyc on Fri Aug 09, 2013 at 03:32:34 PM PDT

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site