NEW YORK (PIX11) — Without a doubt, one of the most prominent figures of election season came in the form of a teenager by the name of Dante de Blasio.
Many are crediting the 16-year-old for helping his dad easily win the office of New York City mayor.
So what is it about him that appealed to voters?
“I wanna tell you a little bit about Bill de Blasio,” were the words uttered by Dante in a now-acclaimed television ad that sent the once considered underdog Bill de Blasio surging in the polls, ultimately clinching the support needed to be New York’s next mayor.
At times, Dante de Blasio – and his unmistakable afro – managed to draw more attention than his politician dad, even inspiring a Halloween costume.
“He’s articulate. I really don’t think it was a lot about the afro,” Harlem resident Jane Simpson told PIX11 News.
This while voter Jasper Cole believes it was no accident that the campaign tapped onto Dante to appear in the ad.
“It was a very calculated scheme to use the son in his campaign. He looks hip, he talks smart and I can see how it appealed to voters,” he said.
What it boils down to camp de Blasio’s so-called “secret weapon” is just your average Brooklyn high schooler with a distinctive hairstyle, and whose father just so happened to be running for mayor of the biggest city in the country.
And that afro, he says it’s inspired by his favorite cartoon “The Boondocks” which like everything else with a following has its own Twitter account.
While many speculate whether he will follow in his father’s footsteps when he grows up, Dante revealed to PIX11’s Mario Diaz in August, it’s pretty much a done deal.
“Yea I think I will pursue a career in politics. He’s inspired me.”