Well behind in a new poll, Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota was seen stumping on the Upper East Side Wednesday, trying to augment his appeal and encourage voter enthusiasm for his bid as the November election approaches. NY1's Josh Robin filed the following report.
Less than seven weeks from election day, Joe Lhota's reception while stumping on the Upper East Side Wednesday was, for the most part, politely indifferent.
He'll need more enthusiasm, if he wants to beat the odds.
A poll currently has Bill de Blasio up more than 40 points.
"I've gotta go out there, get my name out there, get my history out there, get them to understand where I come from in the Bronx, and what I had to do to become the person I am today," Lhota said.
Lhota may also be tainted, at least temporarily, by a reputation of a heartless bureaucrat, an image former rival John Catsimatidis spent millions of dollars painting him.
The pair are said to be talking about a Catsimatidis endorsement, something de Blasio has gotten from his primary opponents.
Though Lhota has yet to obtain official support from his previous rivals, former Catsimatidis supporter and Manhattan GOP Chair Dan Isaacs did stump with him on Wednesday.
It's unclear how much this support will help. Isaacs was reported to have entertained a bribe offer.
The offer apparently took place as he was dining with an undercover FBI agent and indicted Queens Councilman Dan Halloran.
"I really can't say a lot, unfortunately other than the fact that that article was based on some selective excerpts of a transcript," Isaacs said.
Isaacs has not been charged.
Lhota said he didn't even invite Isaacs Wednesday, a claim that Isaacs didn't dispute.
"He came up. He wanted to campaign with me, came up voluntarily this morning, didn't know about it," Lhota said.
Lhota is the former chief of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, earning praise for his management during Hurricane Sandy.
But now he is finding out that running the subways isn't always the experience voters are looking for in a mayor.
One man, for example, griped about service on subway lines outside Manhattan.
Governor Cuomo appointed Lhota as MTA chief, although he backs de Blasio.
"I appointed Joe Lhota to head the MTA, and I think he did a good job in that capacity," Cuomo said.
Lhota did, however, get sidewalk support. One woman warned that under de Blasio, crime will rise.
"The generation that's voting for him now doesn't remember what the city used to be like," the woman said.