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NY Democrats in a civil war over… pizza?

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There’s a battle brewing in Brooklyn and it’s shaping up to be yet another fight between New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Big Apple Mayor (and presidential candidate, for some reason) Bill de Blasio. Seeing these two mixing it up is nothing new, as the friction between them is pretty much legendary. But this dustup is a bit unusual because it involves the fate of one of New York City’s legendary pizza joints. The taxman came and shut down the Di Fara pizzeria this week, kicking everyone out and padlocking the doors. A sign was posted saying that the joint was now the property of New York State. The reason given was a matter of nearly $170,000 in unpaid state taxes. (For the record, the owner claims to have paid all taxes due.)

This prompted Mayor de Blasio to go public with demands that Di Fara be saved. The governor, on the other hand, announced that he was not about to forgive that sort of a state tax debt for anyone, no matter how good their pizza may be. (New York Post)

The war between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio just got saucy.

Cuomo threw a pie in the mayor’s face Wednesday — saying that if hizzoner wants his favorite Brooklyn pizza joint, Di Fara, open again he can pony up the $167,000 in unpaid state taxes the place owes himself.

“He has no legal authority to forgive state taxes,” Cuomo said. “Now, if he wants to pay the $200,000 on behalf of the pizza place, he can do that. That’s fine. And if he wants to get $200,000 worth of pizza, that’s his business. But he can’t forgive state taxes.”

He then added: “I’m not going to pay $200,000 for their pizza, even if it’s very good pizza.”

Cuomo probably wouldn’t have waded into this battle had de Blasio not made his demands in a very public way on Twitter.

You’ll rarely see me taking Andrew Cuomo’s side on much of anything, but he’s definitely in the right here. The Mayor has really stuck his foot in his mouth on this issue for a couple of reasons.

First of all, the government isn’t supposed to be in the business of picking winners and losers in the free market. (Yes, I know they do it all the time in Washington but that doesn’t make it right.) For the Mayor of the city to go out and declare that one particular business is superior to all the others should be an actionable offense.

And even if that were not the case, Bill de Blasio is making a very public statement encouraging some sort of forgiveness for a business that’s run up a massive tax debt and failed to pay it. If City Hall is going to start riding to the rescue of a failing pizzeria, what about everyone else who falls behind on their taxes? Why aren’t they getting special treatment in this fashion? Heck… for that matter, nobody should bother paying their state taxes if the rules don’t apply equally to everyone.

This is a touchy situation for both the Mayor and the Governor, however. New York City (another with northern New Jersey and parts of Connecticut) is the home of the best thin crust, original pizza in the world. New Yorkers take their pizza very seriously. I don’t remember ever having a pie at Di Fara (and that has nothing to do with their previous rodent infestation issues) but I have no doubt it’s good. And yet there are literally hundreds of other competing pizzerias around the area, each with their own very loyal fan base.

When politicians decide to dip a toe into the entire New York pizza scene, they do so at their own risk. Remember what happened with both Donald Trump and Sarah Palin when they ran afoul of the pizza rules? You need to be able to fold a slice and eat it properly or you quickly become persona non grata in the five boroughs. Staking a claim that one pizza place is better than all the others is nothing short of political suicide.

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NYC govt workers donating big to Democrats, with one exception…

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The Big Apple is visited regularly by politicians of both parties looking to score some serious campaign cash. Small wonder, since it’s the home of Wall Street and some of the wealthiest and most politically active people in the country. But it’s not just the big-dollar donors who are of interest to politicians. Even the humble employees of the municipal government get in on the campaign contribution action and those small-dollar donations can add up quickly.

2019 is no exception and the New York Post reports that these city employees have been breaking open their piggy banks and sending in cash to many of the Democratic hopefuls. But there’s one conspicuous name almost entirely missing from the list. Almost nobody is interested in sending any of their hard-earned cash to their own mayor.

Nearly 3,000 municipal workers, including several in City Hall, have collectively coughed up more than $200,000 to White House aspirants, but almost all of it went to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s rivals, data shows.

A review of data compiled by the nonprofit Center for Public Integrity — which looked at small-dollar donations made through the ActBlue fundraising Web site between January 1 and June 30 — reveals Hizzoner’s lack of financial support in his own backyard.

Of 2,923 donors who self-identified their employer as “NYC,” “City of New York” or “New York City” on their ActBlue profiles, only 74 of them — or about 2.5 percent — gave to de Blasio.

Only 74 people out of almost three thousand New York City municipal workers bothered to send any money to de Blasio. That’s got to be depressing. He got less money than Biden, Sanders, Warren, Harris and even Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

The quotes from a few of the donors who were contacted seemed to bear out the perception that de Blasio’s approval numbers in his own city have tanked. And even the ones who do like him would prefer that he stay home and do his job rather than chasing a brass ring that he’ll never catch. In short, Hizzoner’s campaign is viewed as a joke, even on his home turf.

One nagging question does arise from this report, however. They were listing a lot of donors who gave amounts well below the threshold requiring they be reported to the FCC. According to the article, the research relied on details provided from ActBlue and included information from the donors’ profiles on that site. ActBlue is a clearinghouse for liberal donations. Did they consult all of these donors before releasing their information for this report?

Some people only give a small amount because they can’t afford any more. But others make sure to donate less than $200 precisely so their names won’t show up on such reports. If ActBlue reserves the right to publish everyone’s donations in their terms of service, then I suppose it’s fine and the blame lands on the shoulders of the donor for not reading the details. But if they don’t, somebody might want to look into this in terms of privacy violations.

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Sockin’ It to Satan: #Resist Warriors Push to Change Trump Tower’s Street to a Trolling Insult to the President – That’ll Teach Him

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Police begin to reopen 5th Avenue after they investigated the report of a “suspicious item” inside Trump Tower, Friday, July 27, 2018, in New York. Police say suspicious items have been determined to be harmless. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

 

 

First of all, in case you missed it (and I think you did), please check out an incredible story indicating just how insane the world has gotten. And is going:

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Now more left-wing silliness…

A momentum-gaining petition is asking the merciful Powers That Be to really stick it to the man America elected: Over 275,000 signatures now bolster the changing of the street on which Trump Tower is located to “President Barack H. Obama Avenue.”

The MoveOn.org action reads:

“Rename Fifth Avenue in front of Trump Tower: ‘President Barack H. Obama Avenue.’”

I suppose it makes sense — as we’ve learned from social justice warriors, words are violence. Pronouns are the New Persecution. If orange is the new black, incidental is the new substantial.

Take the most significant thing in the world; now lower its profundity by 99.999%. #SameThing. So naming a street is really sockin’ it to the voters and decimating the opposition. Total destruction accomplished.

The petition’s addressed to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who wants to forcibly take a bunch of money from people he doesn’t favor and give it to those he wants to have it (here). It includes an explanation of why Barack deserves the road in front of Satan’s Lair:

The City of Los Angeles recently honored former President Barack Obama by renaming a stretch of the 134 Freeway near Downtown L.A. in his honor. We request the New York City Mayor and City Council do the same by renaming a block of Fifth Avenue after the former president whose many accomplishments include: saving our nation from the Great Recession; serving two completely scandal-free terms in office; and taking out Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind September 11th, which killed over 3,000 New Yorkers.

Right — didn’t you hear? Barack took out bin Liden. He parachuted right in there and took care of business like a boss.

But as for the “scandal-free” part, some would take issue (here and here). 

Short list (as compiled by The Daily Wire):

  • The IRS’s targeting of the Tea Party
  • Fast and Furious
  • Dishonesty about the Iran Deal
  • Benghazi and its subsequent spin
  • The VA scandal
  • The biggest data breach in Washington’s history at the Ofice of Personnel Management 

But hey — when it comes to political posturing, don’t think about the words coming out of your mouth; just say stuff. You’re already right — it’s magic!

The petition was begun by LA resident Elizabeth Rowin. She laid out her thinking to CBS News:

“I thought, ‘[A comedian’s joke online was] a great idea and probably no one is going to do anything about it,’ so I decided to do it. … I really didn’t think there was a chance that it could happen. … I think it would be fabulous. I think people feel kind of helpless right now, and it’s a way to troll [President Trump]. If he does hear about it, maybe it would slow him down and distract him.”

Being made aware of a petition will slow down and distract an eccentric who relentlessly pursued the creation of a global empire, then the White House…and won in both cases? Fat chance. But maybe not — magic!

Bonus: For some reason, it seems a common style among some Democrats to talk as if conservatives don’t actually exist — notice “people feel kind of helpless right now.” That’d be a No. People who voted for Hillary may feel helpless; but “people” are comprised in part by millions who went the other way.

Speaking of going the other way, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson thinks perhaps the street-naming isn’t the best idea:

“I’m pretty confident we can find a better way to honor the greatest president of my lifetime than by trolling the worst president of my lifetime.”

Maybe so.

-ALEX

 

Relevant RedState links in this article: herehere, and here.

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De Blasio’s Iowa Event Brought In Beyond Pitiful Numbers and Gets Roasted by the Internet

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New York Mayor and 2020 candidate Bill de Blasio was just chillin’ in Cedar Rapids for a campaign event at the Parlor City Pub…

…and only 15 people showed up according to the New York Post:

“Everything should be about our families, our lives, what everyday people are going through, what working people are going through,” de Blasio told the crowd, which numbered around 15 — not counting the press corps, campaign staff and Iowa state Sen. Rob Hogg, the event organizer.

“If we as Democrats are talking about that, we’re winning,” said de Blasio, before reiterating his campaign slogan, “Working people first.”

“Here’s the bottom line: We have a country that’s favored the 1 percent now for literally 40 years,” said de Blasio. “The rich have gotten richer. Everybody else has been pretty much treading water.”

It gets worse when you consider the fact that the people who did show up weren’t exactly on board with everything de Blasio was talking about, making them sound more like people who just so happened to stumble into the pub for other reasons and wound up at a de Blasio event unintentionally:

The pitch was met with a mixed reception by the few there to hear it.

“I liked a lot of what he said,” offered Carol Wickey, a 78-year-old retiree. “[But] I thought in his prepared comments he focused too much on working people.”

Wickey said that she feared the divisive tone would drive a wedge between Democratic voters and ultimately wasn’t sold.

“He did not say anything that would sway me that he would be my choice as a candidate,” she said. “Nothing made him stand out among the other two dozen people.”

Geoff Johnson had a similar takeaway, reacting somewhat fondly to many of de Blasio’s ideas, but questioning whether he had enough faith in the campaign’s “viability” to caucus for Hizzoner.

“There are 25 candidates,” said the 40-year-old call center worker. “He’s fairly high on the list, but I’m not sure he quite makes the top five at this point, but some of that may just be because of the viability situation.”

Adding insult to injury, Twitter did not let de Blasio’s shameful turnout to go unpunished.

De Blasio hasn’t been doing well during the 2020 race to the White House at all. In fact, his inclusion into the race has drudged up more anger over the fact that positivity, with one in 12 Democrats saying they’d be angry if he won the Democrat nomination.

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De Blasio Iowa event draws more than a dozen people

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The Iowa State Fair has long been a mandatory stop for candidates running for president and this year was no exception. One of the highlights (or perhaps lowlights) was an event set up by one of the state’s legislators at the Parlor City Pub. The purpose was to introduce New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to Iowa’s voters and hopefully win their support. The event went off as planned, but the crowd was a bit underwhelming. The attendance was estimated at roughly fifteen people, with voters being significantly outnumbered by the members of the press covering it. (NY Post)

Mayor Bill de Blasio pitched his presidential dreams to a crowd of about 15 likely Democratic voters at an event Sunday morning in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

With more than enough empty space to accommodate his 6-foot-5 frame, the quixotic candidate took the floor at Parlor City Pub to a smattering of applause from the sleepy brunch set.

“Everything should be about our families, our lives, what everyday people are going through, what working people are going through,” de Blasio told the crowd, which numbered around 15 — not counting the press corps, campaign staff and Iowa State Sen. Rob Hogg, the event organizer.

The truly sad part about all this is that this was actually one of Hizzoner’s better-attended events. He’s had some previous stops along the trail that drew as few as three people, not counting the press corps. Interviews with a few of the fifteen attendees found some of them saying nice things about de Blasio, but they weren’t impressed enough to say they would support him. Some spoke of his “lack of viability” being an issue for them.

That’s clearly a valid concern. Mayor de Blasio’s campaign has been pretty much a joke since the day he announced he was running. He doesn’t register above the background noise levels in any polls. His favorability ratings are in the tank, both nationally and back home in New York City. There was simply nobody begging for him to get into the race and he doesn’t fill any particular niche that isn’t already covered by other, more viable candidates.

But at least he got the chance to go to the fair. I mean, that’s always fun, right? And he even won a stuffed pig.

Hizzoner’s visited the Iowa State Fair as part of his quixotic bid for the White House Sunday, where he scarfed down high-fat foods and played carnival games — scoring himself a stuffed swine in Skee-Ball.

“This is a harbinger of things to come,” said de Blasio, holding the hog skyward. “All things are possible.”

In a sign of just how badly this campaign is tanking, de Blasio made the rookie mistake of eating a corn dog. (Never stick a corn dog in your mouth when the press is around.) And the New York Post didn’t even bother posting a picture of it.

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Bill de Blasio still racking up big polling numbers

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Naw… I’m just kidding. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is still managing to ring up poll numbers well below those of Congress, Kim Jong-un and most sexually transmitted diseases. And we’re not just talking about the total lack of support for his presidential bid, either. He’s not even popular back home in his own city and state. As far as the POTUS nomination goes, a recent Quinnipiac poll finds that Hizzoner is not just near the back of the pack. He’s once again polling at literally zero percent. (CBS New York)

It seems like Mayor de Blasio isn’t very popular lately. Not at home in New York City and not on the presidential campaign trail either.

According to the latest Siena College poll, only 26 percent of voters in New York State had a favorable opinion of the mayor; 57 percent of New Yorkers had an unfavorable opinion.

The news got even worse for de Blasio and his potential spot in upcoming Democratic debates for president.

A Quinnipiac University poll shows that if the Democratic primary were held today, the mayor and other local candidates are at the bottom of the field.

The “other local candidates” in question are NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and New Jersey Senator Cory Booker. Gillibrand joins de Blasio in the zero percent support club. Somewhat embarrassingly, they are both trailing Booker who at least managed to register two percent. (For the record, that two percent showing put Booker over the finish line to qualify for the next debates, along with having received donations from more than 130,000 unique donors, including at least 400 from each of 20 or more states.)

In reality, de Blasio was never going to be the nominee, something I’ve been saying since the day he announced. The rest of the candidates aren’t even taking him seriously. If he’d begun to show any juice in this race, they would have already been attacking him for his endless string campaign finance scandals back home and the people currently sitting in jail after admitting they bribed him. But nobody is bothering to waste time on the debate stage or their various campaign stops because he’s not a threat.

What should be more disturbing for the Mayor are those Siena numbers. Carrying a 26% approval rating in New York isn’t a signal that there’s an opening for a GOP challenge, but it most certainly does open the door to a primary bid against him, if not a serious effort to remove him from office prematurely. Given the Big Apple’s crumbling infrastructure problems, disastrous metro service and an exodus of blue-collar workers who can’t afford to live there, it’s probably not all that surprising. Rather than reaching for the Oval Office, perhaps de Blasio should be investing his time in looking for a new gig in the private sector.

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Winners And Losers Of The Democratic Debate (Part Two)

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For the second night of CNN’s debate, we saw more candidates going for the throat – particularly Joe Biden’s – and more on policy than we saw in the first night. Biden was joined on stage by Kamala Harris, Corey Booker, Tulsi Gabbard, Andrew Yang, Michael Bennet, Jay Inslee, Kirsten Gillibrand, Julian Castro, and Bill de Blasio, and the candidates were again given the chance to not only state their case, but encouraged to go after each other. And they did with gusto.

Here are the winners and losers in the second night of CNN’s Democratic debate. Again, this is objectively analyzed and not based on conservative ideals.

Winners: Tulsi Gabbard, Andrew Yang, Joe Biden

First up, Andrew Yang has been a surprising force these last two debates. He has shown up, and like Marianne Williamson last night, has had to combat a lack of screen time in order to thrive. I don’t think his performance outshines Williamson’s from the previous night, but people are starting to recongize him. You’ll be seeing more of him, and I think that he brings something new to the debates that the Democrats will have to address.

Tulsi Gabbard had a strong night. She absolutely gutted Kamala Harris on her record as a prosecutor, and Harris absolutely refused to acknowledge the points directly, instead pointing to vague “civil rights reforms” she pushed while she was attorney general in California. But Gabbard would not let her off the hook and came off looking so much better for it. Her time spent as a member of the military also gave her a unique perspective among the candidates, and I think she came across very, very well. Like Booker, I don’t know how much of a bounce she’ll get here, because she is not the most progressive, and she has openly run as a moderate.

The clear winner tonight, though, is Joe Biden. The man has been at the top of the polls for two debates, and last time did not seem prepared. Clearly, he did his homework for tonight because he parried attacks from both Harris and Gillibrand, and he looked well-rehearsed in doing so. Look for him to stay at the top of the polls after this.

Losers: Kamala Harris, Bill de Blasio, Kirsten Gillibrand

The biggest loser tonight was Kamala Harris, who seemed so ready and composed last debate but was slaughtered by Gabbard and completely side-stepped by Biden. She came across as the student who doesn’t study for the final exam because she thinks she’s so smart, but subsequently fails it because she wasn’t prepared. She failed to just come across as prepared, and there were people cheering against her as a result. That’s not a good look for her.

Gillibrand tried so very hard to land a super feminist point against Biden and he destroyed her on it. In typical Gillibrand style, she fell on her face trying to make a point. It was almost as embarrassing as Bill de Blasio getting completely shut down by Don Lemon (Note: I hope de Blasio loses solely because he made me cheer for Don Lemon). I can’t think of a Democrat with a debate performance more embarrassing than these two had tonight.

Also-Rans: Julian Castro, Jay Inslee, Michael Bennet, Corey Booker

There is not much to say about these four, because they are still just not registering. Their talking points don’t land, and while they each have something Democrats inherently like, they can’t turn that quality into a winning campaign. If any or all of these four were to drop out, it wouldn’t really do much to shake up the race.

Of the four, Booker had probably the best night. He is getting better at trying to connect with voters from the debate stage, but he’s still not able to make those connections completely, and I don’t see that changing. Inslee benefitted from more time on the screen, and took advantage of the opportunity, but he’s a one-trick pony and can’t show a range of policy necessary to take on anyone else long term.

Last night’s debate was the more interesting, more memorable debate and featured better performances across the board. However, it still seems far more likely that we saw the 2020 Democratic nominee tonight. Still, with the stage getting smaller and smaller as the primary goes on, one thing we know is that anything can still happen.

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Bill de Blasio Confuses the Position of “Mayor” with “King,” Declares Trump Unwelcome In New York

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I get that New York is the most popular city in all of the United States, and possibly the entire western hemisphere. So many people and so much culture flows through there that it’s something of a world hub. They even placed the United Nations there.

However, the Mayor of New York and 2020 candidate Bill de Blasio seems to believe that he has the power to say who is and who is not welcome to live in the city he was elected to serve. With that delusion in mind, de Blasio announced that after President Donald Trump’s term(s) in the White House are over, he will not be welcomed back home.

Sitting down with BuzzFeed for a Q&A on Thursday, de Blasio proclaimed that he would debate Trump after the President criticized him for a string of videos that have been released showing NYC’s police officers being soaked with buckets of water and not able to do anything about it in return.

He also criticized Trump, a Queens native, for not understanding the city.

“When his presidency is over, really soon, he will not be welcome back in New York City!” exclaimed de Blasio to cheers from the crowd.

It’s likely Trump won’t accept King de Blasio’s challenge. Not because Trump is scared but because de Blasio isn’t worth his time. His royal majesty is currently sitting as no one’s first choice according to a Quinnipiac poll of 454 Democrats. In fact, 1 our of 12 Democrats said they would be unhappy if he got the nomination.

Perhaps his highness should stop trying to debate Trump and focus on the fact that his officers are being laughed at as they’re soaked on the streets.

Sadly for him, King de Blasio doesn’t actually have the power to prevent Trump from entering the city. It’s not up to him to say who is and isn’t welcome to be there. It’s because he’s not a King, he’s just a mayor. The most he can do is scream into a microphone that Trump is banished to the laughter of Trump as he walks back into Trump tower once his terms are over.

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De Blasio unveils workers’ bill of rights and it’s really… something

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio may be ringing up literally zero in any number of primary polls and he’s facing calls to be removed from his office back home, but you have to give the guy credit for staying in the box and swinging for the fences. He held several campaign events in Washington yesterday and during one appearance with labor union officials, he unveiled his latest policy proposal. It’s a “workers’ bill of rights” and you can tell precisely which members of the choir he’s singing to. It’s packed full of goodies that labor unions will love, plenty of free stuff for all his friends and unfunded debt as far as the eye can see. (Politico)

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled the first major policy proposal of his struggling presidential campaign Tuesday, heading to the nation’s capital to lay out a “workers’ bill of rights” at a union headquarters.

The proposal, which he unveiled in a BuzzFeed op-ed earlier in the day, includes two weeks of paid time off for all workers, a national $15 minimum wage and stronger protections from terminations.

“If you care about beating Donald Trump, working people are not going to come out and vote unless they believe it’ll actually change their lives,” de Blasio told a small crowd gathered for his event at the Communications Workers of America’s office in Washington, D.C.

This proposal is a transparent sop to the labor unions and it’s the same thing that nearly every Democrat in the race is doing. The unions largely fund their campaigns, so that makes sense, but Hizzoner is going way over the top in a (likely fruitless) attempt to win some union endorsements. But since some of his more viable opponents will probably adopt some of the same positions, it’s worth taking a look.

The fact that he wants a federal minimum wage of fifteen dollars per hour is the same as everyone else on the debate stage, so we can set that one aside. More interesting is the idea of scrapping “at will” employment and replacing it with “just cause.” That means that employers will have to be able to justify a decision to terminate employees in every instance. Having this sort of granular intrusion into employment decisions leads to two unavoidable results. Employers will be more cautious and slow in hiring because they’ll fear getting stuck with a dud of an employee. They will also be open to endless litigation whenever a disgruntled worker decides to go to court after losing their job. In the real world, hiring and termination decisions are hard enough without Big Brother holding a gun to your head.

He’s also calling for retirement benefits for all workers, including those in minimum wage jobs, freelancers and gig economy workers like Uber drivers. Can you imagine forcing McDonald’s franchises to set up pension funds for the kids operating the fry machine? A Big Mac would cost about twenty bucks. It would also exacerbate the unfunded pension crisis already plaguing many sectors around the nation.

There’s plenty more in there you can read for yourself, but it’s all basically one big gift wrapped up with a bow, being delivered in an effort to get some of the unions to endorse his candidacy. Unfortunately for the Mayor, the unions have two dozen other candidates to pick from, some with far better prospects of success, and they’re all willing to heap treasures upon them in exchange for their support.

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Gillibrand burns de Blasio over presser invite

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The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund bill finally passed this week, following plenty of drama and grandstanding from both sides of the aisle. And with Congress actually managing to get something done for a change, you know what that means. We needed a big press conference to celebrate so those involved could pat each other on the back. The bill’s two primary sponsors, New York Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer, got together with comedian Jon Stewart to share the good news.

But do you know who wasn’t there? The Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio. It wasn’t for a lack of trying, though. He asked Gillibrand twice if he could take part in the press conference and both times she shot him down. (NY Post)

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s office smacked down Mayor Bill de Blasio when hizzoner asked if he could attend Tuesday’s press conference to celebrate the passage of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund bill, The Post has learned.

Gillibrand is the chief author of the bill and she and de Blasio are duking it out as bottom tier candidates in the Democratic primary for president — both polling at or below one percent.

De Blasio held three campaign events in D.C. Tuesday.

De Blasio spokeswoman Freddi Goldstein confirmed that the mayor’s office had asked Gillibrand’s staff to attend the event — but was told no.

That’s some pretty cold treatment there. But Gillibrand is trying to drag herself up above one percent in the 2020 primary polling (as is the Mayor) and there’s no point in sharing the spotlight with one of her competitors, right? According to his spokesperson, de Blasio even offered not to speak. He just wanted to stand there for the photo op. And Gillibrand shot him down anyway.

For his part, de Blasio handled the situation with grace. His spokesperson released a statement saying they understood that the event was just for the bill’s sponsors and advocates for the first responders. And while they would have been honored to attend, the Mayor understood the event was “about something much bigger than us.” It was a classy response.

While I don’t often expend a lot of energy feeling sorry for de Blasio, this is one case where you almost have to have a little sympathy for him. While there’s some rationale for limiting the number of people at the press conference, you would think elected officials representing the affected areas in New York City and Pennsylvania would be welcome. They’ve been on the firing line for years now over issues surrounding the care of the first responders involved in the response to the terror attacks.

In the end, however, I rather doubt that this passing moment is going to lift Gillibrand very far above her current level of support (which remains around zero) in the primary. And it’s doubtful that de Blasio would have gotten much of a boost out of it either. This was just a bit of sniping between two bottom-tier candidates and they should both probably focus on the next debate.

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