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De Blasio Continues To Get Front-Runner Treatment From Rivals

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With two new polls showing Bill de Blasio out in front of the pack, he's continuing to get the front-runner treatment from his Democratic rivals. NY1's Bobby Cuza filed the following report.

On Friday, as she was being was endorsed by the 20,000-member carpenters union, Christine Quinn sought to draw a contrast with Bill de Blasio.

"Out of one side of his mouth, he says he stands with the working men and women of this city," Quinn said. "But if you really look at the tale of two de Blasios, you see a man who's taken money from non-unionized developers like the Toll Brothers."

William Thompson, meanwhile, was picking up an endorsement of his own Friday from influential Harlem pastor Calvin Butts, and again stumping in Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods in Brooklyn. He, too, sought to draw attention to de Blasio's alleged inconsistencies, launching the website

"The number of inconsistencies, the number of flip-flops, the number of things that he's doing that suit him when it's politically expedient for him, and it is disappointing," Thompson said.

With two more polls showing de Blasio as the clear front-runner, the attacks are heating up. Quinn drew attention specifically to his support of a development on the Gowanus Canal.

"Instead of standing with working men and women, he stood with the non-unionized Toll Brothers against the effort to make the Gowanus a Superfund, and stood for non-union development," she said.

De Blasio stood by the plan, which he said would have used union labor and created affordable housing.

"At this point, Speaker Quinn is just throwing stones almost randomly," he said. "There's no one who believes I haven't stood up for working men and women."

As if on cue, he also released an online ad Friday touting his union support.

"What he stands for is what working people are really looking for in this city," George Gresham, president of 1199 SEIU, says in the ad.

On Friday, de Blasio was outside Long Island College Hospital in the Cobble Hill section Brooklyn, alongside hospital staff and other supporters, continuing to wage what has become a high-profile fight against the hospital's closure.

It's a battle advocates so far are winning, and an effort de Blasio also hopes can help propel him to victory on primary day. ClientIP:,, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP