Breaking: Bill De Blasio Gets One Step Closer to Being Mayor of New York

09/16/2013 12:02 PM |

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Early this morning, word started spreading that mayoral candidate William Thompson would concede the Democratic primary race to opponent Bill De Blasio. News spread rapidly that there would be a Thompson-initiated press conference at City Hall this morning, and that Governor and thus head of the state Democratic party Andrew Cuomo would be in attendance in a show of unity.

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Thompson, who had as recently as last Friday said that he wouldn’t concede until after a recount, had been receiving pressure to concede so that De Blasio could focus on defeating Republican candidate Joe Lhota, thus putting the first Democrat in twenty years back in charge of New York, the bluest of blue cities. And, apparently the pressure worked. (Note to self: Relentlessly annoying people always leads to getting your way.) This morning Thompson, Cuomo, and De Blasio stood together and Thompson announced, “I am proud to stand here today and support Bill de Blasio to be the next mayor of the City of New York.”

And so that’s that, guys! There is a very, very good chance that De Blasio will beat Lhota and that our next mayor will be a dad who lives in Park Slope. Brooklyn, represent. Personally, I’m happy about this, because I voted for De Blasio and am happy to avoid the tedious process of a run-off. The only downside is that now I can never say I rode in an elevator with the mayor of New York. About a month ago, my co-worker Henry Stewart and I were returning to the office after making what was probably definitely a beer run, and we got on the elevator with none other than William Thompson. It took me a while to realize it was him, because he was alone, and also because I’m not the world’s most observant person and was probably too busy laughing at something stupid. But it was kind of cool in retrospect, or so I thought. Nobody else was too impressed though, with one of Henry’s friends even asking if, upon seeing Thompson, we immediately fell asleep in the elevator. Which, not quite, but it’s a short ride. And so, in the end, I guess that’s what I’ll remember about Thompson. He didn’t quite put me to sleep, just like he didn’t quite pull off a win against De Blasio, or even Bloomberg four years ago. He’s a bit of a snooze. And nobody wants that in a mayor.

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