Bill and Hillary Clinton endorsed Public Advocate Bill de Blasio (D) on Wednesday. The Clintons “did not exactly offer a shout-to-the-heavens style of endorsement: they announced their support in a 48-word, single-paragraph statement attributed to their respective spokesmen and released in a no-frills e-mail by the de Blasio campaign.” The statement said: “Bill de Blasio has been a friend to both President Clinton and Secretary Clinton for many years. They were proud to see him run a thoughtful, creative campaign about the issues, and they are behind him as he moves on to the general election.”
There are “no current plans” for either Clinton to appear with de Blasio during the campaign. (New York Times)
TEACHERS BACK A NEW BILL: The powerful The United Federation of Teachers, which backed former Comptroller Bill Thompson (D) during the primary, endorsed de Blasio Wednesday, “continuing the slightly awkward coalescing of the party establishment around the presumptive Democratic nominee.” (Wall Street Journal)
MOVING ON UP: De Blasio’s aides “are telling donors they can’t guarantee he’ll appear at fund-raising events unless it will bring in at least $75,000 for his campaign.” Before his primary win, that figure was $5,000. One source: “That’s a lot of money. I can get [Gov.] Cuomo at a house party for $50,000.” (New York Daily News)
PROPS FOR de BLASIO’S DIGITAL TEAM: De Blasio’s digital staff, led by Obama campaign veteran Jessica Singleton, “are credited with playing a central role in engineering de Blasio’s stunning rise from fourth place in July to Democratic nominee today.” (New York Daily News)
LHOTA NOT WORRIED ABOUT MARIST POLL: MTA chairman Joe Lhota (R) “brushed off brutal early polling numbers” that show him badly trailing de Blasio. Lhota: “Look, I have always known right from the beginning that I was going to be the underdog. Nothing’s insurmountable “¦ you’ll see my numbers rise. I have no doubt about it. … I’ll do everything I can to flip their opinion of me and who I am. Most of them don’t know who I am and that’s even more significant. I’ve gotta go out there, get my name out there, get my history out there “¦ And I know it’ll resonate.” (Politicker.com)
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