web analytics
April 20, 2014 / 20 Nisan, 5774
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post
Spa 1.2 Combining Modern Living in Traditional Jerusalem

A unique and prestigious residential project in now being built in Mekor Haim Street in Jerusalem.



RACE TO CITY HALL

‘Endorsement Day Tuesday’ Pits Candidates Vying for Media Attention

"There are folks who are billionaires, and folks have to question why they're in the race."
Democratic mayoral hopefuls Bill Thompson

Democratic mayoral hopefuls Bill Thompson

Share Button

On Genesis’ third day of Creation, the statement “And God saw that it was good” is mentioned twice. So Tuesday’s double portion of good makes it a particularly fortuitous day.

This week on Tuesday, Mayoral hopefuls Bill Thompson, John Catsimatidis and Joe Lhota rolled out key endorsements, in hope of getting themselves to November and beyond.

First was Bill Thompson, who got the backing of Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr. in front of City Hall, standing next to Thompson, touting the former comptroller’s commitment to the Bronx and his track record with the community.

Díaz said Thompson had shown, when he worked on “broader issues,” that “there’s been equity.”

“There’s a certain commitment,” he said. “There’s a heart that he has that says, ‘I want to do for all New Yorkers.’”

Mr. Diaz repeatedly cited Mr. Thompson’s “character,” “résumé,” and “temperament.”

At the press conference, Azi Paybarah asked Mr. Diaz if his references to Thompson’s temperament were intended to draw a distinction between the candidate and his two main opponents, Weiner and Quinn? He said they were not.

But Diaz did draw some unmistakable contrasts between Thompson and a couple of the other candidates in the current field, without naming them. “Just because you’re a Latino candidate, this is not about satisfying your ego. This is not about proving a point,” said Diaz. “Running for mayor of the city of New York is serious. It’s real serious business.”

The next mayor needs to “know what they’re doing,” Diaz said, and “I’m not into soap operas here. I’m not into somebody trying to satisfy their ego.”

When pressed if that was a reference to Adolfo Carrion Jr., his predecessor in the Bronx who is running on the Independent line, Diaz said, “You can come to whatever conclusion you want. But it’s not just him. There are folks who are billionaires, and folks have to question why they’re in the race.”

Next was John Catsimatidis, who had his press conference on the east side of City Hall, rolling out the endorsement of the Liberal Party, a party without a line on the ballot, vowing he’s in the race for November with or without the GOP line.

“John Catsimatidis understands history and respects the power of a successful Republican-Liberal Party fusion in New York City electoral politics,” said LP Chairman Jack Olchin. “John also understands the concerns and aspirations of all New Yorkers, and we feel he will be a people’s Mayor just like the first Republican-Liberal Party fusion Mayor, Fiorello LaGuardia, in the 1940’s.”

“A member of the Liberal Party recently described John Catsimatidis as an ‘uncommon common man,’ an individual who will speak to all New Yorkers in a language they understand; with a genuine feeling and concern for their well-being that will be recognized in every neighborhood in the city and by all of us who care about New York’s present and future,” he added in the statement.

“I am proud to accept the nomination of the Liberal Party, and with their support and the support of the Republican Party create the coalition needed to win in November,” Mr. Catsimatidis said in a released statement.

Catsimatidis suggested the endorsement was a “game-changer.”

“Let’s not forget: the only way Rudy [Giuliani] won when he ran for mayor was by having the Republican and Liberal line,” he said.

The Liberal party lost its ballot status in 2002, when one Andrew Mark Cuomo—running for governor on its line—backed out and the party failed to get the required 50,000 votes. Candidates who collect enough signatures to appear on its line are placed at the distant corner of the ballot, next to the Rent Is Too Damn High party. (Hey, Jimmy).

Still, as Chris Bragg notes, the line would provide an option in the general election—should Mr. Catsimatidis get there by winning the GOP primary—attracting voters who are reluctant to vote for anyone in the Republican column.

“It’s how Rudy Giuliani got elected,” repeated Mr. Catsimatidis’ spokesman, Rob Ryan.

Barely an hour after the Catsimatidis campaign’s presser, fellow Republican Joe Lhota sent out a press release announcing the endorsement of Rep. Peter King and the Staten Island Republican Committee.

“Joe has the perfect combination of private and public sector management experience, but he is also a courageous leader who will ensure the city not only maintains its transformation, but continues to thrive, said Congressman King. “The city is facing serious challenges both to its public safety and to its economy, and Joe is the only person in the race who will focus on creating jobs and keeping us safe. I’m behind him one hundred percent and urge all New York City residents to join me in supporting Joe as our next mayor.”

Share Button

About the Author: Jacob Kornbluh is described as an up and coming Orthodox Jewish Blogger, writing about Local, national and Israeli politics, and a freelance reporter for various publications. Kornbluh's work has been featured in Haaretz, the NY Times, local blogs, and on local Jewish Radio, Kornbluh also covers the NYC 2013 mayoral race in general and a focus on the Jewish vote in particular at: http://nymayor.blogspot.com. Follow Jacob on Twitter @jacobkornbluh and his daily blog: jacobkornbluh.com


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

No Responses to “‘Endorsement Day Tuesday’ Pits Candidates Vying for Media Attention”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Ukraine Shul Firebombed
Ukrainian Synagogue Firebombed (Video)
Latest News Stories

Rav Bina, the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh has sent the following letter out to alumni of the Yeshiva: Dear Alumni, This Wednesday one of my grandchildren will be undergoing crucial surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his leg. I ask all of you to please recite tehillim for him during the surgery, […]

Naftali Bennett speaking in the Knesset

PA president Abbas, who is about 9 years late for democratic elections, has threatened to dismantle the PA and annul the Oslo Accords. Sounds good to us…

Hamas supporters marching on the Temple Mount, waving Hamas flags.

Rabbi Meir Soloveichik and his family’s visit to the Temple Mount was cut short when violent rioting once again broke out on the holy site.

Ukraine Shul Firebombed

Anti-semitic attacks have escalated with the firebombing of a synagogue in the Ukraine. Watch the video of the attack…

A surprised group of hikers stumbled across human bones in a Gush Etzion cave. But what they actually found was even more astounding.

Many Pakistanis consider bin Laden a “hero of Islam.”

Two major obstacles have kept Israel from joining the program: Allegations by U.S. officials that Israel has discriminated against Arab- and Muslim-Americans seeking entry, and a proliferation of young Israelis traveling to the United States as tourists and then working illegally.

A Lebanese man who was arrested in Thailand on suspicion of belonging to Hezbollah admitted to targeting Israelis, Thai media reported.

On Friday afternoon, Syrian fighter jets hit opposition/rebel targets and villages on the Syrian side of the Ramat HaGolan (Golan Heights), in the Quneitra region. Large pillars of smoke are seen rising from struck areas. Quneitra is the site of an official crossing between Syria and Israel on the Golan. IAF jets were sent out […]

As Rabbi Stav said, “You’re free to think what you want. But do you want me to recognize Chelsea Clinton’s child as a Jew?”

Chimpanzees and Orangutans eat Matza, unleavened bread traditionally eaten during the Passover holiday, at the Ramat Gan Safari on Thursday, April 17, 2014. I hope they can digest it. On Passover no leavened bread (Chametz) is allowed in Jewish possession, and that includes food we feed our animals.

Following intelligence reports of further expected Arab rioting and violence on the Temple Mount today, the police have placed restrictions on Muslim entry to the Jewish holy site, according to a report on Arutz-7. Entry will be limited to Muslims over the age of 50, and women, also they must be Israeli citizens or residency […]

PA President Abbas’s refusal to publicly condemn the terror attack that killed Baruch Mizrachi is putting a damper on the parade.

The Shas political party, founded and run by the late Rav Ovadia Yosef, has a appointed a new spiritual leader, according to a Galei Tzahal report. The rabbi chosen to replace Harav Ovadia and be the new president of the party’s Council of Torah Sages is Rabbi Shalom Cohen. Aryeh Deri is the political leader […]

In 1941, the Jews of Kiev received a similar leaflet. When they showed up the next day, more than 34,000 were murdered.

Teen stabbed in South Florida high school.

More Articles from Jacob Kornbluh
Judge Shira Scheindlin was taken out to the woodshed by the federal court.

Lhota loves the stop-and-frisk court ruling, de Blasio ‘disappointed.’

Bill de Blassio is expected to win the mayoral race by 40 percentage points.

Lhota admitted that he couldn’t pronounce the term “metzitzah b’peh,” an issue of concern that was brought up several times throughout the day.

“Did you miss me?” Lhota responded with a devilish smirk when asked by a Capital New York reporter about his new aggressive style.

Bill de Blasio may well be measuring the drapes of Gracie Mansion as a new poll shows him with a commanding 44 point lead.

Lhota: “David Koch’s beliefs on social issues are no different than mine or my opponent’s when it comes to women’s choice and women’s issues and other issues like that.”

Thompson brushed off suggestions that having D’Amato stumping for him tarnished his liberal credentials.

“The accusation that I said I’m going to target the Jewish community is an outright lie.”

The Lhota campaign email against Catsimatidis quickly switched to a fund-raising plea.

    Latest Poll

    Now that Kerry's "Peace Talks" are apparently over, are you...?







    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/endorsement-day-tuesday-pits-candidates-vying-for-media-attention/2013/05/08/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: