Endorsements and criticisms as first mayoral debate nears
Stephon Johnson | 10/10/2013, 4:31 p.m.
With less than a month to go before Election Day and just a few days before the first televised debate, Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota continues to verbally hit Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio and address a multitude of issues.
In an emailed statement, Lhota called de Blasio a “hypocrite” for his rhetoric about charter schools and accused him of not following his own rules. Lhota referenced reports of de Blasio attending Pilot School (which chose kids by lottery) when he was younger, reported that de Blasio’s son, Dante, attends a specialized public school and reported which de Blasio allegedly pulled strings to get a political ally’s nephew into the school of his choice.
“The real ‘tale of two cities’ is the one Bill de Blasio wants for himself and his powerful friends and the one where everyday New Yorkers are struggling under his harmful policies,” said Lhota in a statement. “His war on charter schools is carrying the water of the unions at the expense of our children’s future. Charter schools are working, and we should be expanding school choices for parents, not limiting [them]—especially to people in power. There is no way he can be concerned about breaking the cycle of poverty while being opposed to charter schools.”
Lhota wants to double the number of charter schools and expand colocation.
But while Lhota continued to attack de Blasio on his record (including a new commercial where Lhota claims the only difference between the two candidates is that he won’t raise taxes), de Blasio and New York City Council Member Letitia James endorsed each other for mayor and city comptroller, respectively.
“New Yorkers are ready for our city to go in a new direction,” said James in a statement. “To do so, we must elect Bill de Blasio mayor. Bill and I share an unyielding belief that government, at its core, is a vehicle to uplift those who’ve been left behind. I know Bill de Blasio will continue fighting for quality schools in every neighborhood, including pre-K for every child, increasing access to affordable housing and an end to stop-and-frisk abuses. I urge all New Yorkers to join me in supporting our next mayor, Bill de Blasio.”
The first debate, which will be televised by Channel 7 “Eyewitness News,” will take place next Tuesday.