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NY1 ItCH: Where Have All The Mayors Gone?

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You've heard a lot about Mayor Bloomberg and his two predecessors over the last month but until today, you haven't seen any of them on the campaign trail stumping for either Bill de Blasio or Joe Lhota.

In Bloomberg's case, he's sitting this one out. While he's no fan of de Blasio, he has hardly embraced Lhota, who famously called the current mayor "an idiot" during Hurricane Sandy last year. And while Bloomberg may prefer Lhota to de Blasio, he hasn't said too many kind words about the Republican candidate during this campaign season. But with Bloomberg's approval ratings hovering around 50 percent, it's not clear that an endorsement would really help Lhota in an election that seems to be all about change.

While de Blasio worked for David Dinkins, he's kept him at arm's length during the campaign. Although the former mayor is still popular in the African-American community, his mayoralty is seen as a mixed bag by many other New Yorkers. Dinkins did take part in a fundraiser for de Blasio at Sylvia's Restaurant in Harlem earlier this week – which was closed to the press.

That brings us to Giuliani. While Lhota served as his deputy mayor and has highly praised him during the debates, the former mayor has largely been AWOL on the campaign trail. With the election just three days away, Giuliani is emerging from his groundhog hole and campaigning with Lhota at two events on Staten Island today.

It is amazing that three political heavyweights have largely been absent from the ring this month when their legacies have been such a major part of the discussion between Lhota and de Blasio. But Dinkins and Giuliani still carry a lot of baggage and Bloomberg is a brand that buyers have grown tired of. I wonder how the late Ed Koch would have handled all of this inattention. My guess is: not very well.


Bob Hardt

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