Should He Stay or Should He Go Now?

NYC Democratic leaders urge Thompson to concede to de Blasio.

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Sept. 12, 2013, 7:29 a.m.

Demo­crat­ic lead­ers “moved swiftly on Wed­nes­day to pre­vent a com­bat­ive se­quel to the party’s primary for may­or, as uni­on of­fi­cials and party lead­ers ral­lied around” Pub­lic Ad­voc­ate Bill de Bla­sio (D) and former Comp­troller Bill Thompson (D) “to end his quest for a run­off elec­tion. On a day of back-room man­euv­er­ing and deal-mak­ing, Mr. Thompson’s own in­ner circle ap­peared di­vided over how, or even wheth­er, to pro­ceed, with his cam­paign. Mr. Thompson vowed to press on,” but Thompson cam­paign chair­wo­man Merryl Tisch said de Bla­sio had won a “clear vic­tory” and sug­ges­ted the race was over. Tisch: “I don’t think there’s much ap­pet­ite with­in the Demo­crat­ic Party to have a fight here.” Al Sharpton, a long­time Thompson ally, “en­cour­aged him to give up his cam­paign, and an in­flu­en­tial labor group, the Hotel Trades Coun­cil, en­dorsed Mr. de Bla­sio.”

But Thompson “found some meas­ure of hope in the un­cer­tain elec­tion out­come. With 99 per­cent of pre­cincts re­port­ing, Mr. de Bla­sio had won 40.3 per­cent of the vote, just over the 40 per­cent re­quired by law to avoid a run­off, but there were more than 16,000 pa­per bal­lots, some still ar­riv­ing by mail, that could push Mr. de Bla­sio be­low that threshold when they are coun­ted next week.” Thompson: “I want to make sure that every voice is heard, that every vote is coun­ted.” (New York Times)

“Stick­ing by Mr. Thompson on Wed­nes­day was the United Fed­er­a­tion of Teach­ers, the power­ful mu­ni­cip­al uni­on that threw their sup­port to him.” (Wall Street Journ­al)

LONG WAIT: “The count­ing pro­cess will be­gin on Fri­day, when the Board of Elec­tions will double-check the count of votes cast on lever ma­chines at polling places. Then, on Monday, the board will be­gin tal­ly­ing pa­per bal­lots, al­though it is not clear ex­actly how many bal­lots there will be to count.” (New York Times)

“Already some 19,000 val­id ab­sent­ee bal­lots have been re­ceived, and they will con­tin­ue rolling in un­til next Tues­day. This means it likely won’t be un­til Wed­nes­day at the earli­est that all votes are coun­ted, and we know wheth­er Bill de Bla­sio in­deed clears the 40 per­cent threshold.” (NY1)

JOE’S NEW FRIENDS: Many busi­ness ex­ec­ut­ives fear that de Bla­sio’s pro­pos­als “could jeop­ard­ize New York’s eco­nom­ic pro­gress of the past two dec­ades.” This con­cern could be­ne­fit former MTA Chair­man Joe Lhota (R), who “has ac­cused his po­ten­tial op­pon­ent of ad­van­cing an agenda that has ‘his­tor­ic­ally brought our city to the brink of bank­ruptcy and rampant civic de­cay.’” (Wall Street Journ­al)

Lhota’s cam­paign is “pre­par­ing to launch a na­tion­al fun­drais­ing” ef­fort. One source: “There will be a na­tion­al ex­cite­ment be­cause Joe is a dif­fer­ent type of Re­pub­lic­an.” Sources said that “New York­ers for Proven Lead­er­ship,” a pro-Lhota PAC, “will be­gin air­ing tele­vi­sion ads to pro­mote Lhota as soon as de Bla­sio of­fi­cially clinches the Demo­crat­ic nom­in­a­tion.” (New York Post)

Lhota also “plans to reach out to the Rev. Al Sharpton and cre­ate a Demo­crats for Lhota or­gan­iz­a­tion. … Aides said that Lhota in­tends to reach out to Sharpton — a ges­ture that his former boss, Rudy Gi­uliani, re­fused to do dur­ing his eight years as may­or.” Sharpton spokes­wo­man Rachel No­erd­linger said her boss would be open to meet­ing with Lhota. (New York Daily News)
Kev­in Bren­nan

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