President Obama endorsed Public Advocate Bill de Blasio (D) in the New York City mayoral race on Monday. Obama: “Progressive change is the centerpiece of Bill de Blasio’s vision for New York City, and it’s why he will be a great mayor of America’s largest city.”
De Blasio said he was “deeply honored” to have the president’s support. (Politicker.com)
SCHUMER, TOO: Sen. Chuck Schumer (D) endorsed de Blasio on Friday, calling the Democratic nominee “a quintessential New Yorker.” De Blasio called Schumer the “ultimate Brooklynite.” (Capital New York)
THE MONEY CHASE: De Blasio and former MTA chairman Joe Lhota (R) “raised nearly identical amounts of money after they won their parties’ nominations on Sept. 10, campaign finance records released Friday night show. From Sept. 11, to the end of the fundraising period on Sept. 16, Lhota reeled in $142,714 while de Blasio collected $147,652, the records reveal. The period ended with de Blasio having a bit more cash on hand — approximately $704,000 in the bank, while Lhota had just under $500,000.” (New York Daily News)
STAYING IN THE CITY: The de Blasio campaign on Monday announced that it has hired Democratic strategist Lis Smith, who worked for former Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D) during his unsuccessful primary run for comptroller. (Capital New York)
YOUNG LEFTIST: A piece in Monday’s New York Times details de Blasio’s time as a “young leftist.” De Blasio “has spoken only occasionally about his time as a fresh-faced idealist who opposed foreign wars, missile defense systems and apartheid in the late 1980s and early 1990s. References to his early activism have been omitted from his campaign Web site. But a review of hundreds of pages of records and more than two dozen interviews suggest his time as a young activist was more influential in shaping his ideology than previously known, and far more political than typical humanitarian work.”
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