Several Democrats who lost to Bill de Blasio in the New York City mayoral primary are seen describing him as a hypocrite in a new web ad by Republican candidate Joseph Lhota.
Over a harsh dubstep soundtrack, the ad shows Democrats criticizing de Blasio during Democratic debates and press conferences. Second-place finisher Bill Thompson demands that de Blasio “stop lying to the people of New York City!” during the two-and-a-half minute ad. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who came in third, notes an apparent policy inconsistency and, pointing skyward toward the six-foot-five-inch de Blasio, says, “This is another case of Bill speaking out of two sides of his mouth.”
It would be a challenge to find a primary election anywhere in which members of the same political party didn’t attack each other as flip-flopping, two-faced liars, only to endorse the eventual winner. After the Sept. 10 primary, Thompson and Quinn did exactly that, appearing at City Hall to say de Blasio
would make a great next mayor. Lhota’s ad leaves out that detail.
In New York City, where Democrats outnumber Republicans six-to-one, there’s one major Democrat who hasn’t appeared in a Lhota video: Gov. Andrew Cuomo. He repeatedly described Lhota as a hero last year after Lhota, as head of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, saved the subways by shutting down hundreds of miles of track before Hurricane Sandy hit. Lhota got the flooded system pumped out and running within days.
Cuomo is New York’s most popular politician, according to the same polls that show Lhota more than 40 percentage points behind.
Meanwhile, de Blasio is running a new feel-good ad, “Our City,” featuring chirping birds and people of all ethnic groups, ages and neighborhoods. It assures viewers: “From Soundview to the South Shore, Bayside to Bay Ridge, Washington Heights to the Lower East Side — Bill de Blasio understands that we are at our best when no one is left behind.”