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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Trump, in a statement: “Based on the fact that the Democratic nominating process is totally rigged and Crooked Hillary Clinton and Deborah Wasserman Schultz will not allow Bernie Sanders to win, and now that I am the presumptive Republican nominee, it seems inappropriate that I would debate the second place finisher. ... I will wait to debate the first place finisher in the Democratic Party, probably Crooked Hillary Clinton, or whoever it may be.”
"It's about time for unity," said UAW President Dennis Williams. "We're endorsing Hillary Clinton. She's gotten 3 million more votes than Bernie, a million more votes than Donald Trump. She's our nominee." He called Sanders "a great friend of the UAW" while saying Trump "does not support the economic security of UAW families." Some 28 percent of UAW members indicated their support for Trump in an internal survey.
"Donald Trump on Thursday reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination for president, completing an unlikely rise that has upended the political landscape and sets the stage for a bitter fall campaign. Trump was put over the top in the Associated Press delegate count by a small number of the party's unbound delegates who told the AP they would support him at the convention."
"Clinton and Bernie Sanders "are now devoting additional money to television advertising. A day after Sanders announced a new ad buy of less than $2 million in the state, Clinton announced her own television campaign. Ads featuring actor Morgan Freeman as well as labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta will air beginning on Fridayin Fresno, Sacramento, and Los Angeles media markets. Some ads will also target Latino voters and Asian American voters. The total value of the buy is about six figures according to the Clinton campaign." Meanwhile, a new poll shows Sanders within the margin of error, trailing Clinton 44%-46%.