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NY1 ItCH: The Brady Bunch Meets Apocalypse Now

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Finally, the two mayoral candidates are actually using familiar playbooks.

With a humongous lead in the polls, Bill de Blasio yesterday released a new ad that features his daughter, Chiara, talking up her father's agenda while gently nudging his opponent, Joe Lhota, as well as her now-famous brother, Dante.

"Now that my dad's on the move, his opponents are on the attack," says the 19-year-old Chiara, sporting her trademark flower headband.

At the end of the 30-second spot – titled "Attention" – Chiara rolls her eyes as we get a glimpse of Dante and she acidly – and cutely -- notes: "All of this attention – it's a good thing – as long as it's not your little brother."

That's a far cry from Lhota's new ad which is sort of "The Road Warrior" meets "Escape from New York" and warns that things could turn very scary in a de Blasio administration.

In an interview with WCBS-AM this morning, de Blasio dismissed the Lhota ad as "fear mongering."
"There's no way we're going back to the '60s and '70s,'' he said.

After their role reversal in this week's debate, the two candidates are back to playing to type with Lhota on the attack and de Blasio trying to rise above the fray with the help of his multi-racial family.

Lhota, meanwhile, is growing a little testy – losing his cool in an interview with Juan Manuel Benitez that's airing on NY1 Noticias tonight. Some of that bluster should be saved for his upcoming debate with de Blasio – who's trying to ride his children's coattails all the way to Election Day.

Bob Hardt

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