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Constant Attacks Do Not Appear To Be Blunting De Blasio's Momentum

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For Democratic candidates not named Bill de Blasio, it appears the playbook for the final days before the primary is to continue lobbing attacks at the front-runner, but for now, it doesn't appear to be dampening enthusiasm for de Blasio. NY1's Bobby Cuza filed the following report.

Bill de Blasio is getting a lot of attention, not just from New Yorkers who now mob him at campaign stops, but from his opponents, who continue to attack.

"He flips and flops all over the place, and changes his position, talking out of both sides of his mouth," Democratic mayoral candidate Christine Quinn said on WNYW's "Good Day New York." "He's simply not what he says he is."

On Thursday, Quinn's campaign hit de Blasio on the issue of horse-drawn carriages. De Blasio said he'll ban them as mayor, but he opposed a ban as City Councilman. He said he evolved.

"When I started out, I actually had a kind of romantic notion about the horse carriages, that they were something positive," he said. "But the more I learned, the more uncomfortable I became."

Meanwhile, a new ad seems to suggest that William Thompson, not de Blasio, is the toughest opponent of stop-and-frisk.

"Now, he's the only one strong enough to end racial profiling," the ad says.

The new ad was produced not by Thompson, but by the teachers' union.

Thompson himself, meanwhile, unveiled a plan to give one year of free tuition at City University to any high school student with at least a B average. The $35 million per year price tag would be paid for with the sale of taxi medallions.

Thompson contrasted his proposal with de Blasio's plan to fund education with a tax on the wealthy, which critics say would never win the necessary approval in Albany.

"The sale of medallions is city controlled," Thompson said. "In other words, I won't have to beg Albany to raise a tax we don't control to raise money we don't have."

So far, the attacks haven't seemed to blunt de Blasio's momentum. Voters waited in line to meet him On the Upper West Side,on Thursday afternoon, and he maintains a commanding lead in the polls.

De Blasio would get an even bigger boost if he wins the endorsement of the Rev. Al Sharpton.

"I'd love to have his support," de Blasio said. "I think he has been very positive about a lot of the views that I have expressed."

There are signs, though, that Sharpton may sit out the primary.

As if to remind voters that he, too, has support from prominent black leaders, Thompson's announcement Thursday featured surprise appearances by Rep. Charles Rangel and Hazel Dukes of the NAACP.

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