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Lhota Takes On De Blasio Over His Sleeping Schedule

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Days are very long on the campaign trail, and the subject of how long has now became a sticking point for Joseph Lhota and Bill de Blasio, as Lhota is taking on the Democratic front-runner over his sleeping schedule. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.

It wasn't exactly a sleepy day on the campaign trail, but the topic of shuteye was important to Joseph Lhota.

"Being mayor is a 24-hour-a-day job, and you need to be physically prepared for it," Lhota said. "The idea that he gets interrupted in the middle of the night at 5 o'clock in the morning, about the time that I get up every day, actually."

The comments came after his Democratic rival, Bill de Blasio, was an hour late to a rally on Saturday.

His excuse?

"I had a challenging night. I got a call at 5 in the morning that threw off my sleep cycle," de Blasio said. "I am not a morning person."

Lhota said that that means de Blasio is not prepared to lead the city.

"It's a tale of two naps. Give me a break," Lhota said. "If you do not have the physical wherewithal to be the mayor, you should not be the mayor."

"I think that's laughable," de Blasio said.

Throughout the day Sunday, Lhota continued his attacks on de Blasio, starting in Harlem.

"I don't like to talk about a tale of two cities," de Blasio said. "I like to talk about the tale of one city where we can all work together."

Unlike his opponent, who is headlining at large rallies, Lhota is taking to retail politics, stopping at small businesses like Nathan's in Coney Island.

He attended a small rally in Brighton Beach to re-elect Brooklyn District Attorney Charles "Joe" Hynes on the Republican ticket.

"We need to make sure that Joe Hynes stays as the district attorney of Kings County," Lhota said.

The majority of Lhota's day was spent bouncing from place to place in Brooklyn, including the Salty Dog in Bay Ridge. They were areas that have a tendency to lean towards the Republican side of the ticket.

With just two days to go, Lhota said that voters can rest assured that he can keep up the momentum.

"For whatever reason, my batteries get recharged relatively quickly," he said.

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