In a professionally edited video delivered to reporters inboxes on Tuesday, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s daughter admits to abusing alcohol and drugs to cope with severe depression, or, in the parlance of the production team, Chiara “tells her story and opens up about substance abuse.”
The slick video, with its soft piano and statistics (“28% of Americans drink at levels that put them at risk for alcohol dependence”) looks and sounds more like a public service announcement than anything else.
Among other things, Chiara admits:
Here’s Chiara in her own words:
So… why now? Is there a bombshell Chiara story out there the de Blasios were trying to preempt, or did the Transition 2013 team identify Christmas Eve as the right day for a pre-inaugural news dump? If you know the answer, email me.