Wow, former Republican senator Alphonse D’Amato and three other former high profile pols really let Mike Bloomberg have it tonight over the mayor’s criticism of Bill de Blasio’s use of his family in his campaign. Bloomberg told New York magazine that de Blasio has been running a campaign that smacks of “class warfare and racism,” and said he was “tearing people apart” with his two cities theme.
D’Amato, speaking on NY1, called the remarks “silly” and “divisive.” He contended that the mayor actually hurt other candidates with his remarks, and helped de Blasio by making him more sympathetic. “It was amateur hour,” D’Amato said.
Meanwhile, former Bronx borough president and two time candidate for mayor Fernando Ferrer called the remarks, “cynical at best,” and said it was unconscionable for Bloomberg “to permit such an injection of poison into the atmosphere.”
Former Brooklyn District Attorney and congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman wondered, “What was the mayor thinking?” And former Republican candidate and councilman Thomas Ognibene said he thinks Bloomberg is worried about his legacy; that de Blasio will reverse everything he’s done.
Indeed, the entire Bloomberg administration, it seems, has been on a mission to preserve that legacy. Current and former schools chancellors Dennis Walcott and Joel Klein, and police commisioner Ray Kelly have all written recent editorials defending their tenures and policies.