Since winning the Democratic nomination for mayor, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio (D) “appears to be less accessible as he pursues becoming New York City’s 109th mayor. There are fewer events on his public schedule, when compared with his much busier primary calendar. He didn’t hold any events this past weekend. And when Mr. de Blasio responds to inquiries from reporters, the sessions are markedly shorter than in the past.” (Wall Street Journal)
Sporting a huge lead in the polls, de Blasio has good reason to avoid the press and they type of slip-up that could breathe life into former MTA chairman Joe Lhota’s (R) longshot campaign.
PUSH IT TO THE LIMIT: New York Progress and Protection PAC, a new super PAC supporting Lhota, “sued New York election officials in federal court Wednesday to allow individuals to contribute more than the current $150,000 annual maximum to independent political groups. If successful, the lawsuit would allow similar outside groups…to pump hundreds of thousands of dollars into helping” Lhota or de Blasio. (New York Times)
SAD CATS: Asked why he hasn’t endorsed Lhota after finishing second in the GOP primary, billionaire John Catsimatidis (R) said: “If I did endorse him, would he appreciate it? … Deep down inside, I feel he doesn’t like me, and if he doesn’t like me, that’s why I’ve held back.” (New York Daily News)
— Kevin Brennan