Public Advocate Bill de Blasio (D) released his second TV ad, which focuses on his opposition to the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy. The spot calls de Blasio “the only candidate to end a stop and frisk era that targets minorities.” (New York Times)
WEINER THE UNDERDOG: During a campaign stop in the Bronx on Monday, Weiner “had more campaign staffers with him than reporters. Just three stood by as the onetime frontrunner” shook hands with commuters. “Three months ago, at his first campaign event outside a subway entrance in Harlem, the crowd of reporters grew so thick that two police officers were forced to step in.”
But Weiner “says he prefers the dearth of reporters to a surfeit.” Weiner: “You might be surprised to hear this, but I actually like it better this way. … Just get me to a place where I can talk about issues and give citizens an opportunity to come up and say hello.”
Despite his flagging poll numbers, Weiner remains confident: “It’s inconceivable to me that this won’t be successful.” (BuzzFeed)
QUINN CAMP REMINDS VOTERS OF POTENTIAL TO MAKE HISTORY: City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s wife, Kim Catullo, is beginning her public role with the campaign this week, “appearing at subway stops, senior centers and campaign events. It is the 15 minutes of fame the corporate lawyer would have preferred to skip, but with Quinn in a tight race for the mayoral nomination, she is ready to do what’s needed.” (New York Daily News)
Meanwhile, New York Times‘ Frank Bruni’s Tuesday writes that Quinn’s candidacy has extra significance for strategist Josh Isay, whose late father was gay and became a “prominent gay-rights advocate” late in life.
Capital New York’s Azi Paybarah explains: “The stories help remind voters about the barrier-breaking nature of her candidacy, which has gotten lost at times in this season, in no small part because the Quinn campaign hasn’t sought to emphasize it, choosing instead to create a competence gap between her and the other candidates by running on her record as speaker. That strategy survived the rise and fall of Carlos Danger, but appears to be giving way a bit to accommodate the strength of the two Bills, who now threaten to block the only woman in the field from even making a runoff.”
DE BLASIO FAN ATTACKS QUINN BACKERS: During a Quinn rally Monday, de Blasio supporter George Capsis, “the publisher of a community newspaper called The WestView New,” slapped a Quinn supporter, state Sen. Brad Hoylman (D), in the face. “When Ms. Quinn’s aides tried to escort Mr. Capsis away, he hit one of her interns, a young man, who began crying.” (New York Times)
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