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The Call Blog: With Five Days Left Until Primary Day, Candidates Go On Offensive

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The candidates might disappoint, but our viewers never do. 2000 shows later, you're still calling, e-mailing, tweeting and facebooking us. Today was no exception: we had a great show and a lively discussion. And no matter who wins on Tuesday, you know you can always call us and celebrate (or vent)! Thanks for getting us to 2000!



Five days from now, New Yorkers will cast their votes in the Democratic and Republican primaries. In a last-minute push to win support, candidates are sharpening their criticisms of their opponents. In the City comptroller's race, former Governor Eliot Spitzer released two ads today slamming Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer's support of overturning term limits. Stringer returned the favor with a critical ad attacking Spitzer's integrity.

In the mayor's race, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn released an ad yesterday criticizing Public Advocate Bill de Blasio's relationship with alleged bad landlords. It's one of several television spots and mailings from the campaigns of Democratic candidates fighting to make it into a run-off election on October 1st. Candidates for citywide office need at least 40 percent of the vote to avert a runoff.

How would you describe the tone and substance of this election season? What's your reaction to the commercials, mailers, and phone calls you've received? What are the candidates strengths and weaknesses and is it fair to discuss personal failings on the campaign trail?

Send your thoughts using the link above.



No surprise it wasn't going to get nasty. They are fighting for their political lives. I am out of town till after the primaries so I don't have to be subjected to all this thank goodness.

Rich
Midtown East



The tone of the campaign has been sophomoric and Quinn was never mayoral caliber despite the three paper endorsement which may have been induced by someone with deep pockets from East 72d Street. Weiner is flawed as a person not a candidate and so if one was inclined to vote for him prior to his tweet its lucky that Thompson, Deblasio are the adults in this race and its unfortunate for John Liu that he was denied matching funds. That said Deblasio is striking a cord with the voters due to his likeability and his sincerity. I will probably vote for him.

JS
Flushing



I describe the tone as juvenile and ignorant. It's too bad that they can't stick to the issues, instead just attacking one another and ignoring the issues.

Joe
Port Richmond



The flyers from CATS are just terrible.
There is no need for using A-Rod on a Flyer or
printing a picture of Joe Lhota in a clowns outfit
So far it’s the same remarks towards one another
and not one of them have mentioned that they
will make any changes for the betterment of
New York. THEY ARE THROWING FIGURES AROUND
PROMISING THIS THAT OR THE OTHER THING AND
JUST WHO IS PICKING UP THE BILL=
MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL WHAT WILL THEY
DO IF WE GET HIT AGAIN AND HAVE ANY OF THEM
BEEN INFORMED AS TO HOW THEY WILL HANDLE
A SITUATION SUCH AS 9/11.
KEEP IN MIND ALSO THEY MEANING ALL THE POLITICIANS
DID WHEN SANDY HIT WAS TO TAKE THE PHOTO OPS
AND WERE NEVER SEEN NOR HEARD FROM AGAIN.
MAYBE ONE OR TWO SHOWED UP BUT OTHERS SHOWED
UP WHEN THE PRESIDENT WAS IN TOWN=MOST OF THE SANDY
MONEY WAS SPENT ON REBUILDING BRIDGES, ROADS, ETC.

Maxxiee
Morris Park



Both Quinn and Spitzer have skeletons in their closets as well. Negative comments are not cobstrutive and detract from our real issues, I.e. Road conditions, hospitals. Their sharped tongue comments will not change my mind. Neither Quinn or Spitzer has my support.

Roscoe
Park Hill



THE AIR REEKS OF SUBLIME LIES. THE GOP/REPUBLICAN WILL ATTEMPT A COUP, IN WHICH JOE LLOTA WILL STEP ASIDE AND HIS PERSONAL FAVORITE TO REPLACE HIM IS THE FORMER MAYOR RUDY GUILIANI. ALSO, THE GOP et al. A CAMPAIGN WAR CHEST IN THE $$$$ BILLIONS OF DOLLARS FROM LEFTOVER CAMPAIGN RESOURCES. THE USE OF THEIR HUGE LEFTOVER FUNDS, ARE WHAT IS FUELING THIS DIVERSIONARY TACTIC JUST MIGHT WORK. TO HAVE THE PEOPLE EXPRESS THAT THEY ARE NO LONGER INTERESTED IN THE SEXUAL BEHAVIOR DISPLAYED BY SOME CANDIDATES AND WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT HOW TO GET THOSE LEFTOVER FUNDS IN THE RIGHT HANDS. IN THIS CASE IT WOULD BE THE AMERICAN RED CROSS. THOSE FUNDS WILL BE DISPENSED BY THE AMERICAN RED CROSS, THROUGH ONE OF THEIR SITE ASSESSMENT THAT THE FUNDS WILL BE ALLOCATED TO THE STATE'S BY THE PERCENTAGE OF FUNDING THAT STATE CONTRIBUTED TO THE CAMPAIGNS OR DISPENSE FUNDING OF QUESTIONABLE ISSUES. QUESTION: HOW WILL THE CANDIDATES PROTECT ME AND MY RESOURCES FROM SOCIAL SECURITY, PRESIDENTIAL MANDATES, AND IMMIGRATION. THE GOP/REPUBLICAN MEMBERS SUPPORT THOSE SEXUALLY NEEDED AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO. IN FACT, THEY WANT TO SEE HOW THE VOTERS FEEL ABOUT TOO MUCH BICKERING AND THE CHECK IS IN THE MAIL ROUTINES. IF WE THE RESIDENTS OF NEW YORK CANNOT HAVE PEOPLE TO STAND UP AND DEMAND THAT EVERY EPISODE OF OUR LIVES SHOULD BE APPRECIATED MORE WITH INTELLIGENCE THAN SEXY SENSE, WOULD BE A MIRACLE!! NOW ABOUT THAT HOUSING SITUATION; I WAS RAISED IN THE GOWANUS PROJECTS IN BROOKLYN, THE ONLY ISSUE THEN, WAS WHICH SUPER WOULD WIN THE PRIZE FOR KEEPING HIS BUILDING CLEANING AND FUNCTIONAL. HOWEVER, WHEN TONY THE TIGER MOVED OUT OF MY GAS TANK AND TOOK THE APARTMENT NEXT DOOR, WHAT IS THE QUESTION?

Carmelita
Harlem



I am so tired and bored already of all the nonsense and lying the mayoral candidates have displayed thus far. It's an insult to New Yorkers. Is it too late to get Bloomberg to stay on for another 4 years?

Steve
Forest Hills



Just wonna let know to every new yorker if God will Quinn Gonna win tell her. She has experience it makes the difference she the winner..

Oumy



In my personsal opinion i dont think the money wasted on commerial ads is of waste money instead of letting the people of new york what you plan to bring our city you choose to waste it bashing a opponent........i look at the positive and what good somebody can bring not what their lying about ..its polics

Shatisha



Bill de Blasio's life IS New York personified. Diversity. That's why he's got my vote. Quinn is trying to sell us on the premise that de Blasio deals with slumlords. How about the real estate tycoons SHE'S been selling our city to? They build buildings that hardly any hard working New Yorker can afford to live in. She's nothing but a Bloomberg shill. Just like the 3 local newspapers that have endorsed her. Nobody in their right minds wants another 4 years on Bloomberg policies.

Norm
Upper East side



I agree with the Forest Hills caller on this. I never had a problem w/Mayor B. Did he ever smear anyone? I don't remember more than one flyer from him. All this JUNK mail tells us how the candidates will spend OUR money too!

Barbara
Billyburg



The ad's which are designed to destroy and conquer, by and between, each of the candidates for mayor and comptroller seem extremely desperate, negative, and unimpressive. Are we going to see mud wrestling next?

I don't think that anyone comes out smelling like a rose, when your slinging manure.

Michael



This year's mud-slinging is both worse than in the past and politics as usual. This is the first wide open primary on both sides in 12 years, so we're just catching up with how nasty political campaigns have gotten all at once. I feel like I've been seeing anti-Quinn ads on NY1 since the last election.

Scott
Greenwood



Sharpton is far from perfect, but I am always confused when people call Al a race baiter or divider and anything along those lines. It's a line eerily close to what people called Dr. King during his time because he wouldn't silently allow racism to happen without saying something. To Ray from Midtown, if it wasn't for Al Sharpton, a teenager whose killer shot him and went almost two months as a free man before being brought up on charges may have never been known to millions of people in this country. And that's all I have to say.

Michael



Quinn is desperate. Her flipflop on term limits and her working to help Bloomberg stay in office betrayed Nyc voters. It is a joke that she is attacking Diblasio.

John Liu is a joke and should just go away. He has no chance.

Dee



Stringer keeps airing unrelenting negative ads about Spitzer's ethics issues. Yet, according to Michael Grynbaum's NY Times Aug. 23rd article "Before Stringer's Failed Run as a Barkeep, There was Another One," Stringer twice failed as a bar owner and left many people holding the bag -- landlords, supplier's, employees. Stringer later filed for bankruptcy for some $125,000 and laughed it off. This is not exactly a glowing endorsement for NYC's Chief Financial Officer. Yet, Spitzer has not aired one attack ad on Stringer's business ethics -- I supposed because Spitzer can just run on his own record of achievements.

Gretchen
Upper West Side



HAPPY 2000 SHOW! The best show on television. Congratulations! Don't like the mass distraction negative ads. Candidates should stick to the issues. Tired of all the mailings and telephone calls on my land line. At least 10 calls per day.



I'd like to see some World Weekly News-inspired ads. Joe Lhota is bigfoot. Bill Thompson is Elvis' secret love child, that kind of thing.

Been watching and writing since the beginning. Awesome show throughout.

Jordan
Flushing



He says he'll raise taxes
He wants to limit policing
His own son overshadows him in his own ads
He wants to keep a money losing hospital open that even Democrat Governor Cuomo wants closed

Matt
TriBeCa



Personal failings that reflect on a candidate's character, judgment, management
skills, honesty, credibility, and willingness to walk the walk, and not just talk the talk,
are fair game in the closing days of an election.

What Anthony Weiner did in the privacy of his Twitter feed was no different from what
many less well-known men do, but how he handled the fallout from the scandal, lying to
the media, recidivating after apologizing, and losing his cred as a potential NYC CEO, albeit
at the hands of a hostile media and late night comics, all cast doubt, not only on his ability
to get elected, but also on his ability to handle the second toughest job in America.

No politician is perfect, but it does not serve the public well to elect Gods already known
to have clay feet, no matter how qualified they are, and fair comment on these failings
is completely appropriate in a political campaign. Of course, it's more important to debate
the issues, as such often get lost when a campaign gets too down and dirty.

ANDY
Manhattan Beach



Negative ads taught me how naive de Blasio is! raising taxes won't happen with Cuomo needing re-election next year. We need a REAL candidate.

Alicia
Gravesend



Its going to take a miracle to bring NYC back what it used to be, those in charge should talk less and do more and eventually, we'll get there

Carmen
Bay Ridge



No way to avoid it. Somebody is lying that's for sure!

We need someone in office who can reunite NEw Yorkers. Its been a police state. Bloomberg only really worked for big business and alienated poor and working class families. We need to hold the politicians accountable. We need balanced growth in NYC!

Barbara



@billdeblasio s excuse for his "change of heart" to ban horse carriages is horse manure.

His real change of heart has more to do with the guttersniping campaign of the AnyoneButQuinn Sleezelike superpac and their $1.1 Million's spend on months of negative ads.

His heart had no input.

It was all about his campaign pocket.

In all that time he never once came to any of our Clipclop open house days at stables or visited to see for himself.

Instead he's toeing the NYCLASS line.

The only thing Bill de Blasio learned since his days as a city council when he supported horse carriages was that you play the tune that your paid to play.

Sean (A carriage driver)



iam an independent voter and iam pretty much still undecided. but Iam leaning towards joe lhota.i think he is qualified to be mayor but the problem is what he did the day he announced he was stepping down from the mta to run for mayor.vote yes to raising fares.that will haunt him

Andrew
Annadale



I have blissfully managed to not pay attention to this dreadful political campaigning-- the lies, the smears, the untruths, the bait & switch ... that goes on and on. As such, must study over the weekend and figure out for which of the top three democratic candidates I'll cast my vote. (Wieiner & Lui aren't being considered.)

Carolyn
Kingsbridge



Congratulations on your 2000th show. You really must stay on the air for the next 8 years....what would your (our) views watch on television? It would be awful.

Kate
Midtown East



Those of us who have been with you for the 2000 shows are better informed than all of the candidates put together!

Keep going for the next 2000...John and all!

Kathy
Throggs Neck

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