Skip to comments.NYC mayoral race 'between a progressive Democrat and a pro-Trump Republican,' de Blasio says
Posted on 09/13/2017 5:53:02 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
The race for New York City mayor kicked off in earnest Wednesday, as incumbent Mayor Bill de Blasio, fresh off his Democratic primary victory, traded barbs with Republican opponent Nicole Malliotakis at separate campaign events.
De Blasio, who trounced a field of underdog primary rivals Tuesday by collecting 74 percent of the vote, addressed about two dozen supporters at his campaign headquarters in Brooklyn, where he called the upcoming general election a battle between a progressive Democrat and a pro-Trump Republican.
Malliotakis, a state assemblywoman from Staten Island who voted for Donald Trump in the general election after endorsing Marco Rubio in the primary, said at a news conference in Queens that de Blasio was trying to raise his profile by making the race about the president who polls show is largely unpopular in his hometown.
Im not in this race to fight an ideological war. Im not looking to do what the mayor is doing, which is try to raise a national profile, Malliotakis told reporters before visiting a church senior center.
She said she opposed Trumps move to revoke the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which shielded from deportation young immigrants who came illegally to the United States as children and allowed them to work. De Blasio also has denounced the programs elimination, and has said the city would use its legal resources to protect affected residents.
Malliotakis billed herself as the candidate of the disenchanted in the City of New York, and the candidate of the ignored, saying she would spend the weeks leading up to the Nov. 7 election prosecuting the case against Bill de Blasio being elected to a second term.
The primary is over and the people of this city deserve answers as to why Mayor de Blasio deserves a second term, she said.
De Blasio said he had long taken on issues of inequality, and touted his success at providing prekindergarten classes, at public expense, to all of the citys 4-year-olds.
Last night was an affirmation of the kinds of changes that people want to see in this city, de Blasio said. It was an affirmation that we need to fight the tale of two cities and create opportunity for all.
De Blasio, running in a city where Democrats far outnumber Republicans, enters the general election race with a substantial polling and fundraising lead.
In a polling matchup that excluded the independent and third party candidates running for mayor, 57 percent of voters said they would vote for de Blasio, compared to 22 percent for Malliotakis.
De Blasio has raised $5 million in campaign contributions, compared to Malliotakis who has $220,000 on hand, according to campaign finance records. Malliotakis conceded shed be outspent but hopes to qualify for matching funds from the citys Campaign Finance Board.
And it’s the same person?
I hope Hillary campaigns for de Blasio.
I Hope she beats the crap out of that Commie Idiot.
Unforturnate, but she doesn’t stand a chance .... another term for Comrade Mayor.
DaBarfio is obviously a misogynist.
So, di Blasio must be labeled a Misogynist now. Using the democrats playbook, badmouthing a female makes him a misogynist.
I still don’t know why anyone would vote for di Blasio. He’s such an arrogant dictator
i hope she neuters him during the debates...he’s an arrogant POS that needs to be downsized...
She can’t help but spruce up the place.
She is lovely
This week’s New York Magazine has a cover article titled “DiBlasio will be Mayor again (and there’s nothing you can do about it)” -—the absolutely creepy cover photo has a page-hogging full body shot of the very tall Di B. wearing a smug smile, the photo shot from a low perspective, adding even more creepiness to the whole prospect.
Cops are in Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis corner. The lawmaker was endorsed on Tuesday by the leaders of nearly all of the law enforcement unions in New York City.
The Patrolmens Benevolent Association (PBA), Sergeants Benevolent Association, Captains Endowment Association, Lieutenants Benevolent Association, Detectives Endowment Association, Port Authority Police PBA, Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police PBA, New York State Troopers and the Police Conference of New York have all endorsed Malliotakis (R-C-Bay Ridge-Staten Island).
"Our members have both a dangerous and difficult job and it's important we have partners in government like Assemblywoman Malliotakis, who understand the importance of a strong police force and works to give our members the tools and support they need to do their job and keep our streets safe. We appreciate the support we have received from Malliotakis and proudly endorse her," said PBA President Patrick Lynch.
"Assemblywoman Malliotakis has stood by law enforcement, supporting our members, and working to give them the tools they need to do their job not take them away. She is one of those elected officials who understands the tough and dangerous job our detectives face each and every day and we fully support her re-election to the State Assembly," said Michael Palladino, president of the Detectives Endowment Association.
Malliotakis voted to increase the penalty for killing a first responder to life in prison without parole and has drafted legislation to create a blue alert system to aid in the apprehension of criminals who kill or wound law enforcement officers. Malliotakis said she has fought for legislation to keep criminals behind bars and drunk drivers off the streets.
I have one of the largest populations of law enforcement retirees and active duty in my district and I am both honored and privileged to represent them and to have received the endorsements of these police organizations. Their recognition of my work and confidence in me will only make me work harder to protect them as they put their lives on the line to protect us, she said.
Malliotakis, who was first elected in 2010, is running for a third term in office. Her opponent is Democrat Marybeth Melendez.
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I would not put it past some Republicans to want him to win. Truly pathetic.
Please help Nicole any way you can.
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