MARK KARLIN, EDITOR OF BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT
Oh to be a fly on the wall as the Big Apple's "Mayor 1%" -- Michael Bloomberg -- gobbled down antiacids as he learned that the next mayor of NYC is likely to be a hard-left-soak-the-rich advocate for the middle class, poor and jobless. Actually, that man who is the odds on favorite to occupy Gracie Mansion is literally the Public Advocate for the city of New York, a citywide elected position that literally speaks out on behalf of its citizens.
Not largely known outside of the NYC region, the Public Advocate is in essence the person who would replace a sitting mayor if he or she resigned or could not perform the duties of mayor. That man is Bill de Blasio, and he is on the verge of winning yesterday's NYC Democratic primary, possibly with the necessary 40% of the vote to avoid a run-off. (If there is a run-off, he is already the widely favored candidate to face a weak Republican opponent in the general election).
As CBS News just reported Wednesday morning:
After running as a hard-left populist who vowed to raise taxes on the rich in order to boost public education funding, New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio easily topped a field of competitors in the Democratic primary to succeed Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday.
With 98 percent of precincts reporting, de Blasio had 40.2 percent of the vote with former Comptroller Bill Thompson in second place at 26.2 percent. If de Blasio's share of the vote holds at 40 percent or more, he will avoid a mandatory Oct. 1 runoff with Thompson.
In so many ways, New York has become a Tale of Two Cities.
Nearly 400,000 millionaires call New York home, while nearly half of our neighbors live at or near the poverty line. Our middle class isn’t just shrinking; it’s in danger of vanishing altogether.
Addressing the crisis of income inequality isn’t a small task. But if we are to thrive as a city, it must be at the very center of our vision for the next four years.
During my time in public office, I've taken on unscrupulous landlords; protected children who were victims of neglect and abuse; battled the corrupting influence of corporate money in politics; fought to repair broken policing policies; and championed working family issues like paid sick leave and living wage laws.
As mayor, I will spend every waking moment fighting to bring opportunity to every New Yorker — with a plan to create jobs in all five boroughs; a dramatic expansion of affordable housing and accessible health care; increasing taxes on the wealthy to fund early childhood and after-school programs; and building police-community relations that keep everyone safer.
There's probably a fleet of private jets at JFK airport flying out now to the Cayman islands, exceeding weight flight restrictions with all the safety deposit boxes and bags of cash from the Wall Street barons fleeing the future of a city that actually tries to improve the lives of the majority of its citizens, not just a privileged few.
Poor Bloomberg fears his "Wall Street Rules" legacy may be tarnished by a new mayor who meets the needs of the majority of NYC residents by diverting money now legally (and illegally) looted by Bloomberg's financier and real estate BFFs.
The de Blasio family celebrated their first step on a likely road to victory with a symbolic "smackdown" at a pub in Brooklyn, the new center of NYC progressive activism, as the western sections of the borough have become the home to hordes of young voters in the past two decades. (Brooklyn is also home to the de Blasio family.)
The definitive rejection of Bloomberg in the de Blasio vote was best exemplified in a widely viewed ad that aired this August and was regarded by some NYC political pundits as a game changer. It features de Blasio's son Dante, 15, who talks directly to the camera about his father being the only candidate with the guts to break away from the Bloomberg years, to place a higher tax burden on the rich, to stop NYC's infamous police stop and frisk policy, to build affordable housing, among other populist promises.
What made the ad iconic in creating the image of a "rainbow campaign" is that de Blasio's wife is black and Dante has a huge afro. You can just imagine the multi-billionaire Bloomberg choking on his foie gras as he watched the 30 second testimonial unfold with a soft piano musical score creating an intimate, powerful testimonial -- against the three-term Bloomberg mayorality.
When you have more money than probably the entire bankroll of the residents of the South Bronx, you want to preserve your carefully crafted "legacy" that the poor and middle class desperately need the rich to be richer otherwise Manhattan will crumble into the East River.
Michael Bloomberg fears that Bill de Blosio is going to be the star of a political reality documentary called, "The Revenge of Zucotti Park."