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Mike Likes Joe… Or Hates Bill

Sources say Bloomberg will endorse Lhota if he faces de Blasio.

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Sept. 6, 2013, 7:34 a.m.

New York City May­or Mi­chael Bloomberg (I) “plans to back” former MTA chair­man Joe Lhota (R) for may­or if Pub­lic Ad­voc­ate Bill de Bla­sio (D) wins the Demo­crat­ic nom­in­a­tions, ac­cord­ing to “City Hall in­siders.” Ac­cord­ing to the sources, Bloomberg fears de Bla­sio would “dis­mantle his 12-year leg­acy if elec­ted may­or.” Lhota said he would wel­come the may­or’s en­dorse­ment. Lhota: “Mike Bloomberg and I had a dis­cus­sion back in Janu­ary. He’s stay­ing out of the primary. I will talk to him next Tues­day night-Wed­nes­day morn­ing about the fu­ture and where we are go­ing.” (New York Post)

While Bloomberg has stayed out of the Demo­crat­ic primary, deputy may­or Howard Wolf­son, a former col­league and fin­an­cial back­er of de Bla­sio, has been ham­mer­ing the Demo­crat­ic fron­trun­ner in in­ter­views for weeks. Fa­cing a daunt­ing party re­gis­tra­tion ad­vant­age, Lhota will enter the gen­er­al elec­tion cam­paign a sig­ni­fic­ant un­der­dog if he wins the GOP nom­in­a­tion, as ex­pec­ted, on Tues­day. But Bloomberg’s of­fi­cial back­ing would cer­tainly be a wel­come de­vel­op­ment, es­pe­cially if the may­or and his al­lies pour some money in­to TV spots at­tack­ing de Bla­sio.

FI­NAL PITCHES: City Coun­cil Speak­er Christine Quinn (D) re­leased a new TV ad Fri­day call­ing NYC the “greatest city in the world.”

Mean­while, former Comp­troller Bill Thompson’s (D) daugh­ter ap­pears in his latest TV spot tout­ing her fath­er’s en­dorse­ment from the city’s teach­er’s uni­on. (New York Times)

Thompson and Quinn are both jock­ey­ing to fin­ish second in the primary while hop­ing to keep de Bla­sio un­der 40 per­cent and force a run­off.

DE BLA­SIO EX­PECTS RUN­OFF: Dur­ing an in­ter­view on “Good Day New York” on Fri­day, de Bla­sio said: “I think there will be a run­off. But I also think the mes­sage I’ve put out there is res­on­at­ing, talk­ing about a very pro­gress­ive ap­proach, a real break from the Bloomberg years. And I think people are re­spond­ing.” (WNYW-TV)

CATS HATES “HOOD­LUMS”: The New York Times has a story de­tail­ing bil­lion­aire John Cat­sima­tid­is’ (R) fre­quent use of the word “hood­lum.” At a re­cent cam­paign stop, Cat­sima­tid­is said: “We’re go­ing to have a prob­lem if one of the Demo­crats gets it. Why? They want to give the streets back to the hood­lums.”

Asked for his defin­i­tion of “hood­lum,” Cat­sima­tid­is said: “A per­son that is up to no good, that doesn’t have a job, has a prob­lem with either drugs, has a prob­lem with something. And every day when he wakes up, he has to earn a couple of hun­dred dol­lars to either buy drugs, buy li­quor or something, and that’s a hood­lum — that every day, he’ll com­mit a crime, wheth­er it’s minor, ma­jor or whatever.”

Cat­sima­tid­is at­trib­uted his fond­ness for the word to his 1950s up­bring­ing, say­ing: “It must have been a word from ‘The Little Ras­cals’ when I was watch­ing it on tele­vi­sion. Those hood­lums!” (New York Times)

Mean­while, Cat­sima­tid­is sat down for an en­ter­tain­ing in­ter­view with the Staten Is­land Ad­vance. Cat­sima­tid­is pre­dicted: “I think I can get the black vote if Bill Thompson’s not in the race.”
Kev­in Bren­nan

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