Can a Takedown of the Bloomberg Era Resonate With NYC Voters?
"Now that Anthony D. Weiner’s campaign has imploded, Bill de Blasio, the public advocate, is drawing new energy and voter interest to a candidacy that presents the most sweeping rejection of what New York City has become in the past 12 years — a city, he says, that is defined by its yawning inequities," writes Michael Barbaro.
“'We are not, by our nature, an elitist city,' he told a group of young Democrats a few nights ago at a cramped bar in Brooklyn. 'We are not a city for the chosen few.'”
"It is the campaign season’s riskiest calculation: that New Yorkers, who have become comfortably accustomed to the smooth-running, highly efficient apparatus of government under Michael R. Bloomberg, are prepared to embrace a much different agenda for City Hall — taxing the rich, elevating the poor and rethinking a Manhattan-centric approach to city services."