BROOKLYN (PIX11) – On the steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall on Thursday supporters representing several unions came out to throw their support behind Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio. The Public Advocate is expected to do battle with Joe Lhota in the general election set for November 5th.
The appearance was categorized as a unity rally for democrats. It was also an opportunity for unions that originally supported Speaker Christine Quinn to throw their support behind de Blasio who sits with 40% of the vote as the potential of recount by Bill Thompson looms.
For nearly ten minutes de Blasio addressed the crowd with words crafted to highlight the points that have rallied his supporters for weeks now. It did not take long for de Blasio to take aim at the controversial tactic of Stop and frisk, “We have a ban on racial profiling, now we have to make it real and implement it.”
De Blasio also discussed his initiative to ensure that no child gets left behind by bringing up a potential course of action that makes the city’s elite cringe, “That is why we do need a tax on the wealthiest New Yorkers so that we can have full day pre-K for every child in this city.”
It was the type of speech that is to be expected, as de Blasio was focused on the general election. It is interesting to note that not once did de Blasio mention his primary opponent Bill Thompson as his campaign or GOP candidate Joe Lhota.
However, de Blasio did take aim at the one politician who is no longer fighting for an office in City Hall, “After 12 long years, we need a change and we need a break from the policies of the Bloomberg administration that did not address the crisis of inequality.”
De Blasio did not pull his punches as he clearly showed that the strategy to defeat Lhota is simple, as he did with Quinn, the next seven weeks will be a referendum against Mayor Michael Bloomberg.