NEW YORK

Two Bills Enter, One Bill Leaves

Thompson concedes to de Blasio.

Add to Briefcase
Sept. 16, 2013, 7:35 a.m.

Former Comp­troller Bill Thompson (D) on Monday con­ceded the Demo­crat­ic nom­in­a­tion for New York City may­or to Pub­lic Ad­voc­ate Bill de Bla­sio (D) at a unity rally at City Hall with Gov. An­drew Cuomo (D). Thompson en­dorsed de Bla­sio’s can­did­acy, say­ing: “I am proud to stand here today and sup­port Bill de Bla­sio to be the next may­or of the City of New York.”

Thompson “called the vote-count­ing pro­cess ‘a dis­grace.’ But he had con­cluded, those close to him said, that even if he were to qual­i­fy for a run­off against Mr. de Bla­sio, his chances of vic­tory in the run­off were slim.” (New York Times)

Thompson’s de­cision sets up a gen­er­al match-up between de Bla­sio and former MTA chair­man Joe Lhota (R). The early con­clu­sion of the Demo­crat­ic primary drama could ac­tu­ally be good news for Lhota: NYC busi­ness lead­ers and oth­er po­ten­tial sup­port­ers who are turned off by de Bla­sio’s policies might be able to rally around the Re­pub­lic­an earli­er than they would’ve had the Demo­crat­ic race gone to a run­off.

FRENEMIES?: New York Post‘s Dick­er writes: De Bla­sio and Cuomo “are on a col­li­sion course cer­tain to ex­plode next year — over taxes, class war­fare, charter schools, and Brook­lyn’s Long Is­land Col­lege Hos­pit­al — if de Bla­sio is elec­ted may­or, in­siders agree.”

CLIN­TON’S PITCH­ING IN?: De Bla­sio on Fri­day told sup­port­ers at a rally that Bill and Hil­lary Clin­ton both called to con­grat­u­late him and of­fer their sup­port. De Bla­sio: “They both offered con­grat­u­la­tions. They both offered ex­traordin­ary help­ful ad­vice. And we left it at that. Any­thing in the fu­ture has to be worked out in the fu­ture. There’s no spe­cif­ic ideas bey­ond that.” (Politick­er)
Kev­in Bren­nan

What We're Following See More »
UNTIL AFTER RECESS
Health Care Vote Delayed
8 hours ago
WHY WE CARE
BASE IS LOCKED DOWN
Possible Active Shooter at Alabama Military Installation
9 hours ago
THE DETAILS
SO SAYS CORNYN
Senate Procedural Vote Now Coming on Wednesday
9 hours ago
THE LATEST
SPORTS LEAGUES HAD OPPOSED
SCOTUS to Hear Sports Betting Case
10 hours ago
THE DETAILS

"The U.S. Supreme Court has given new life to New Jersey's challenge to a federal sports betting ban, with the high court announcing Tuesday that it hear an appeal of federal court decisions that have blocked the state's plans. That extends a six-year effort led by Gov. Chris Christie to allow expanded gambling at Monmouth Park." The NFL, NCAA, and other popular sports leagues had opposed the sports betting there and at other New Jersey locations.

Source:
PENTAGON CONFIRMS WHITE HOUSE STATEMENT
More Chemical Weapons Activity Spotted at Syrian Base
11 hours ago
THE LATEST

"The Pentagon said Tuesday the United States has seen chemical weapons activity at Syrian air base used in past chemical attack." A Pentagon spokesman confirmed what the White House first said Monday night: that "Bashar Assad appears to be taking some of the same actions he took before a chemical weapons attack on his own people in April."

Source:
×
×

Welcome to National Journal!

You are currently accessing National Journal from IP access. Please login to access this feature. If you have any questions, please contact your Dedicated Advisor.

Login