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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 09:  New York City Public Advocate and mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio speaks at a political forum on a boat in Manhattan on April 9, 2013 in New York City. Six mayoral candidates spoke at the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance's 2013 Waterfront Conference ahead of the November 2013 mayoral election.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Bill de Blasio (D) had a few things to say to big business on Friday:

http://www.nytimes.com/...

In a speech before a prominent civic group, Mr. de Blasio, the Democratic nominee for mayor, denounced giveaways to the real estate industry, pledged to re-energize labor unions and declared that the city’s “affordability crisis” was as urgent and serious a problem as the turmoil faced after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

“We cannot expect prosperity to trickle down from the top,” he said during the speech in Midtown Manhattan, adding, “We cannot resign ourselves to the mind-set that says rising inequality is a necessary byproduct of urban success.”

He was met with a standing ovation from an overflow crowd of wealthy business leaders — the same group that a year ago had responded to a similar speech by Mr. de Blasio with chilly disregard.

It was the surest sign yet of a thaw in the relationship between Mr. de Blasio, the fiery campaigner who took direct aim at the wealth of the Bloomberg years, and the business elite, who had viewed him warily until he secured the Democratic nomination just weeks ago.

Now, détente is in the air. In a whirlwind tour this week, Mr. de Blasio sat down with leaders in finance, real estate and technology — including Lloyd C. Blankfein and Philippe P. Dauman, the chief executives of Goldman Sachs and Viacom — to tell them face to face that his brand of liberalism is unapologetic but pragmatic, and can accommodate the value of business in a global city.

In meetings, Mr. de Blasio has not minced words, telling corporate leaders that he is a “Democrat with a capital ‘D’ ” and acknowledging that he subscribes to a deeply felt, left-leaning ideology. But the message, attendees say, has been clear: “We may not agree, but we want to work together.”

It is a fine line to walk for Mr. de Blasio, a proud liberal firebrand who is nonetheless aware that he must woo audiences far from his base as he starts to ponder how to govern a complex city. - New York City, 10/4/13

Well said.  The New York Times did some recent polling on the Mayor's race.  de Blasio continues to hold a huge lead over Joe Lhota (R), 68%-19%.  Their polling also shows that voters trust de Blasio way more on the issues:

http://www.nytimes.com/...

But what's weird is despite de Blasio having huge support and trust from New Yorkers, they're not on board for all of his ideas:

http://www.nytimes.com/...

New York City voters want to keep Raymond W. Kelly as police commissioner. They want more charter schools. And nearly half of them support the Police Department’s use of the stop-and-frisk tactic.

But the city’s voters, by an enormous margin, are planning to support Bill de Blasio for mayor next month, despite the fact that Mr. de Blasio, a Democrat, opposes each of those positions, according to a New York Times/Siena College poll released on Friday.

The poll found a huge challenge facing Joseph J. Lhota, the Republican nominee, as he seeks to persuade voters in an overwhelmingly Democratic city to choose him. With the election just a month away, on Nov. 5, Mr. de Blasio held a commanding lead of 68 percent to 19 percent among likely voters.

More than 4 in 10 likely voters said they had no opinion of Mr. Lhota, while only about a quarter did not have an opinion of Mr. de Blasio, currently the city’s public advocate. And 58 percent had a favorable opinion of Mr. de Blasio, compared with 22 percent who viewed Mr. Lhota favorably.

Mr. Lhota is seeking to change the dynamic. He began broadcasting his first general election television advertisement on Wednesday, pointing out that he supports same-sex marriage, abortion rights and the legalization of marijuana, but that, unlike Mr. de Blasio, he does not plan to raise taxes.

Mr. de Blasio, seeking to thwart any advantage Mr. Lhota might gain from being on the airwaves alone, immediately introduced his own ad, showing a clip from his victory speech on the night of the primary.

The race is not over: the two men have agreed to televised debates on three successive Tuesdays this month, and those exchanges, as well as the television ads, will introduce the candidates to New Yorkers who have not yet tuned in. - New York Times, 10/4/13

Weird.  On Team Red, their's some tension between Joe Lhota (R) and his former rival:

http://politicker.com/...

Former Republican rivals Joe Lhota and John Catsimatidis are still at odds nearly a month after Mr. Lhota won the mayoral primary, this time squabbling over endorsements.

While the losing Democrats have enthusiastically rallied around their mayoral candidate, Bill de Blasio, Mr. Catsimatidis has been missing in action, failing to formally endorse Mr. Lhota via statement or formal rally.

“I’ve asked John twice to endorse me. Twice he has said he’s not ready yet,” Mr. Lhota said this morning during an appearance on the Curtis Sliwa radio show. “The ball’s in his court. If he wants to endorse me, let him do it. If he doesn’t want to endorse me, life goes on. I can’t wait for John Catsimatidis.”

Mr. Lhota had been asked by Mr. Sliwa whether Republicans could expect the same coming-together as the Democrats have enjoyed in recent weeks. “It’s peace, love and happiness with the Democrats,” described Mr. Sliwa. “It’s unity, unity, unity amongst the Democrats.”

In fact, Mr. Catsimatidis recently told the Daily News that he would be voting for Mr. Lhota–but seemed to hedge his bets when asked whether he would officially endorse or campaign with Mr. Lhota. - Politicker, 10/4/13

The election is Tuesday, November 5th.  If you would like to donate or get involved with de Blasio's campaign, you can do so here:
http://www.billdeblasio.com/

Originally posted to pdc on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 03:30 PM PDT.

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

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  •  A standing ovation... (10+ / 0-)
    He was met with a standing ovation from an overflow crowd of wealthy business leaders — the same group that a year ago had responded to a similar speech by Mr. de Blasio with chilly disregard.
    I'm impressed, and hope that de Blasio maintains the lead through election day, has broad support beyond that.

    “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children” ― Chief Seattle

    by SoCalSal on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 03:48:25 PM PDT

    •  i think this has more to do with knowing which way (1+ / 0-)
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      sidnora

      the political wind is blowing and not wanting to be seen by the likely future mayor or his staff as having given nominee/candidate de Blasio the cold shoulder.

      my mom never breast fed me. she said she only liked me as a friend.

      by bnasley on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 04:22:04 PM PDT

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      •  That goes both ways. (6+ / 0-)

        Historically, de Blasio hasn't been nearly as hostile to the real-estate developers - the true business leaders of NYC - as he liked to portray himself during the primary campaign. Expect him to be friendlier in public now.

        I'll say this again, because I'm not looking forward to a replay of all the disillusionment on display here after people took the full measure of Obama: I know this guy pretty well, as a neighbor and as my former Council member. De Blasio is a politician, not a savior, and he is a skilled equivocator. Pay very close attention to every word he says, and don't expect more than what he actually says.

        That said, I did vote for him in the primary, and I am voting for him without hesitation in the general. He'll be light-years better than Bloomberg, and universes better than Lhota.

        I've also heard some muttering s about the possibility of his getting Bill Bratton to return as Police Commissioner, which would be a really good thing, IMO.

        "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

        by sidnora on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 05:58:27 PM PDT

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        •  Yeah, I'm not expecting too much (2+ / 0-)
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          As a general rule, we expect greatness, and get mediocrity. It's just a pity that in a city like New York which is heavy liberal, we still end up with a Third Way type. Oh well, even if all he can do is encourage the construction of more affordable housing, ease off teachers and end Stop and Frisk, that would be about as much as we could hope for, right?

          •  As I said, he'll be an improvement (1+ / 0-)
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            over what we've got, as well as over the alternative.

            It's just that here on DK, where the readership is national, it's so easy for people who don't have a granular view of the local politics to jump to the conclusion that any candidate who's a self-described liberal or progressive is automatically a superhero in a blue cape.

            That's not just true of NYC. I'd be just as susceptible to it if it were coming from, say, Indiana.

            "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

            by sidnora on Sun Oct 06, 2013 at 05:18:10 AM PDT

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        •  I just can't do it (2+ / 0-)
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          I have never voted for him and supported Steve Banks in de Blasio's first city council run. My kid requested an absentee ballot and considers de Blasio's a friend but I doubt de Blasio will get that vote but since it will be mailed it won't be counted. ;)  

          The good news is that the EPA released the Revied of Decision for the canal on Monday so de Blasio can't screw that up.

          •  I saw the news (0+ / 0-)

            about the canal - yay!

            "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

            by sidnora on Sun Oct 06, 2013 at 05:12:24 AM PDT

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  •  Pretty shocking that NYers would want to (9+ / 0-)

    keep Kelly, want charter schools and 50% approve of Stop and Frisk. Wow!! You think you know your city, then find out you don't. Especially keeping Kelly. Some, mistakenly, think Stop and Frisk keeps them safe, but Kelly, ugh.

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

    by rubyr on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 03:49:41 PM PDT

    •   To expand: I don't think I made my point very (10+ / 0-)

      well. I abhor Stop and Frisk with a passion. Certainly, as much as its architect, Ray Kelly, but knowing that fear is an enormous driver of opinion, I can understand what is driving the opinion on Stop and Frisk, wrongheaded as it is. I cannot see any reason why anyone would want to keep Kelly. He has turned NYC into a huge metropolitan jail. Take a step and you're photographed, go out to an event, you are placed in a pen, protest anything and you risk getting your head pounded to pulp (especially by the white shirts--higher up in the command).

      Maybe NYers view Kelly as someone who's kept them safe and like him for the same reason they like Stop and Frisk. Makes no sense to me.  

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

      by rubyr on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 04:03:00 PM PDT

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      •  most people aren't protesting, (0+ / 0-)

        but they definitely get the benefit of the peace dividend NYC has had.  so there's virtually no downside to Kelly for most and definitely some upside if his methods have contributed to the safer city.

      •  I know lots of people who (2+ / 0-)
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        think of themselves as good Democrats, and who in most ways are good Democrats, who voted for Bloomberg (and by extension, stop-and-frisk and Kelly) all three times.

        Of course all these folks are white, and none of them are poor. They don't go to demonstrations or hang out at Zuccotti Park. They are merely doing what we always expect, but never get, from working-class Tea Partiers: they're voting in their own self-interest.

        "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

        by sidnora on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 06:04:52 PM PDT

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    •  Yeah, the brainwashing has been great as long (3+ / 0-)
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      As you do it to "them".

      Gotta make rich white people feel secure, everyone else can fuck off.

      nosotros no somos estúpidos

      by a2nite on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 05:37:52 PM PDT

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  •  Their TV ads have been pretty lame IMO (2+ / 0-)
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    Joe Lhota's have featured his agreement with De Blasio on gay marriage and marijuana (SRSLY, Joe, is that ALL you think NYers care about??) and a throwaway line about "keeping taxes low" - De Blasio's have been a rerun of his big acceptance speech, where he uses a lot of words to say very little substantive.

    Then again, with a 50-point lead in the polls with a month to go, no sense in pushing one's luck...

    Oh, and keeping Ray Kelly as PC  doesn't have much downside: if Bill de B wants to get votes by saying he'll keep him on, fine: if he (Kelly) can't craft some sort of replacement for the "Stop-And-Frisk" policy that doesn't come across as blatant racism, then he'll be gone anyway. And Mayor Bill will just shrug and say "I tried:.

    •  I think de Blasio (3+ / 0-)
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      would lose more votes than he'd gain by embracing Kelly. I expect the race to tighten before it's over, since 40% of those questioned didn't know enough about Lhota to have an opinion of him, but barring some electoral catastrophe of  Weiner-like proportions this is going to be a relatively easy win for de Blasio. He doesn't need to go trolling to his right for votes.

      "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

      by sidnora on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 06:10:23 PM PDT

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      •  I'm not sure it is going to tighten much (2+ / 0-)
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        Obama won 80% in NYC.  It is not at all a stretch to think that De Blasio will get somewhere between 67-73%.

      •  Agree: he doesn't need to "embrace" Kelly (2+ / 0-)
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        But I think a better strategy would be to ignore the issue until after the election - no sense in needlessly antagonizing anyone. In any case, Ray Kelly might not want to serve in a De Blasio Admin.: so not much downside.

        And I also agree that the race will tighten up a bit: but barring Joe Lhota advancing some really strong case for his candidacy (unlikely, given how he's done so far) or, as mentioned, an epic meltdown, there will be new tenants at Gracie Mansion come January....

        •  Yes, no point (1+ / 0-)
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          In making an issue where it's not yet necessary, and as the skilled equivocator he is, you can expect de Blasio to avoid it if he thinks it's a hot potato. I'm not sure if he does, though. I've already heard rumblings about the possible return of Bill Bratton.

          "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

          by sidnora on Sun Oct 06, 2013 at 05:23:27 AM PDT

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  •  He should avoid comparing anything to 9/11 (5+ / 0-)
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    mconvente, elwior, a2nite, poco, spacecadet1

    Just a huge chance for blowback, and he just needs to avoid a huge mistake/gaffe over the next month and he should win handily.

    Glenn Greenwald promotes far-right fringe extremist group The Oath Keepers - https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/statuses/377787818619064320

    by Jacoby Jonze on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 04:13:31 PM PDT

    •  To be quite frank (1+ / 0-)
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      elwior

      De Blasio could hold a press conference joining the Communist Party, and he would still be elected handily.

      A lot people fail to realize that the demographics of NYC has changed to the point that a Republican doesn't have a chance to win anymore.

      My guess is that if Bloomberg were to get back in this race, he'd be lucky to get more than 40% against De Blasio.

  •  Thanks for the continuing coverage, poopdog! (3+ / 0-)
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    "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

    by sidnora on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 06:11:36 PM PDT

  •  Getting $ out the super rich of New York (0+ / 0-)

    so others have goods and services is a profound undertaking.  The business conmmunity is sitting on 3 trillion dollars and will not invest it at this time.  De Basio is a talkin'  good without saying the most dreaded words in the lingo of the business community, income redistribtion, but what are the specific plans he will advocate for?  Is the business community going to help or is it more of Obamaitis, this time directed at De Blasio in which he is labeled as a non-American, integrationist who wants to steal the 1%'s wealth and give it to those minorities that are just like him and his family.  They most likely will give him enough so he doesn't bother them too much.  That's fine but he is selling alot more to us.  Can he deliver?  Or will the business community shine up their annual humanitarian award for him and call it a day.  

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