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Sept. 19, 2013, 7:35 a.m.

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)
Kev­in Bren­nan

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