Mayor Thompson Could Mean “Fear of Going Out at Night” (Giuliani), “Detroit” (Bloomberg)


The Bloomberg-Giuliani victory tour of friendly city territories began with a bang in Borough Park, where the former Mayor told the annual Legislative Breakfast of the local Jewish Community Council that if Bill Thompson were elected, the city “could very easily be taken back to the way it was with the wrong political leadership” — that is, back to “the fear of going out at night and walking the streets.”

The Thompson campaign and Public Advocate candidate Bill de Blasio blasted Giuliani’s remarks, with de Blasio calling on Bloomberg to disavow the former Mayor’s “veiled race baiting.” Questioned about Giuliani’s speech afterward, Bloomberg said, “Detroit went from a great city with lots of good paying jobs to a city that’s basically holding on for dear life.” Detroit, cynical readers may note, has had black mayors since 1974.

“This event,” reports Yeshiva World News, “is always a valuable outlet for the survivors whose daily personal challenges as senior citizens are compounded by the horrific memories they have been forced to carry throughout the years,” referring, presumably, to the Holocaust rather than to New York before Giuliani.