Current Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg recently called the campaign of one of the candidates vying for his soon-to-be-vacated post, “racist.” The candidate is Bill DeBlasio and the reason for Bloomberg’s vile comment is DiBlasio is married to a black woman and has the audacity to use their son in a very popular television campaign ad.
Dante DiBlasio begins the ad speaking about why DiBlasio is a good choice for the job, one reason being that he is opposed to the current Mayor’s Stop and Frisk program. This program sends law enforcement to higher crime areas, and they stop and frisk anyone they deem to be a bit shady. Yes, it gets results, but it has just been ruled a violation of the constitutional rights of minorities in the city. Stay tuned for the never-ending legal battle over it. The campaign ad ends with the younger Diblasio saying he would back Diblasio even if he wasn’t his father. The ad then cuts to a shot of father and son walking down the street together.
So here comes the Mayor saying this is racist, because DiBlasio has chosen to include his bi-racial family in his run for the City’s highest office. Let me ask this question. If he had not allowed his family in the ads, would he then be accused of hiding his black wife and mixed race children? Funny how the Mayor doesn’t think Christine Quinn campaigning with her wife might be seen as pandering to the LBTG vote. Could it be because NYC Council Member Quinn was instrumental in striking down the two-term limit, essentially allowing Bloomberg to pay his way to a third term? And he hasn’t spoken out about the wife of John Catsimaitidis doing a whole TV commercial about her husband. So why single out DiBlasio?
Apparently the Mayor is getting nervous that DiBlasio might actually win the Democratic primary. Since the ads with his family, DiBlasio’s numbers have risen dramatically. In a city where minorities are the majority, DiBlasio is being seen as an everyday man. Someone who can relate to the man on the street; something Bloomberg has been incapable of doing.
Tomorrow is primary day in NYC. If no single candidate receives 40% of the vote, a runoff will be held in October. One way or another, New York City will have a change in leadership come November. Right now the money is on the father of a 15 year-old boy with a large afro who has changed the image of a campaign virtually overnight.
A question of racism? No, more like family values.