Joseph Lhota believes "Mayors of New York have been elected not because of their party label, but because of their philosophy and their approach overall, and that has been since time immemorial in New York, that people are not party-oriented in New York."
Knowing this, he pointed out that his opponent sympathizes with "left-wing elements in this world:"
"Bill's political philosophy is based off of the idea that the government needs to be intrusive. And he decided to pick murderers, in the form of Sandinistas, he decided to go illegally to the nation of Cuba...He's predisposed to what I think are the more left-wing elements in this world and I think New Yorkers need to understand that." source
It does raise the question, just what direction does New York want to take? Left with more government and highest mandatory taxes to run government? or Right with more jobs and private business support resulting in more volunteer charitable giving and less government intrusion?
About Giuliani-endorsed Joe Lhota: Born and raised in the Bronx, his father was a member of the NYPD while his mother also worked at two jobs. One of his grandfathers was a FDNY firefighter, the other a taxi driver in New York.
"I was born here in the city, born in the Bronx. Son of a cop. One grandfather was a taxi driver; the other was a firefighter. New York is in my DNA."
Joe was first in his family to go to college: Georgetown University and then Harvard Business School. Career includes investment banker at PaineWebber and First Boston, then Finance Commissioner, Director of the Office of Management and Budget and Deputy Mayor for Operations, executive vice president of Cablevision, as well as president of Lightpath. (For more, click here.)
Mayor Giuliani has called Joe one of the most effective leaders of his administration.
From Joe Lhota: "Rudy Giuliani did some phenomenal things in the city if you think of the transformation of the city and the quality of life.....There were 23 or 24 separate tax cuts during the Giuliani administration. I'd love to be able to equal that."
Interestingly enough, Lhota also received endorsements from all three major daily New York City newspapers in the Republican primary, including New York Times.
For more of his message to New Yorkers, click here.
DeBlasio bio, briefly
Received BA from New York University and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.
He worked for the Quixote Center in Maryland as an organizer, traveled with the Quixote Center to Nicaragua for ten days to help distribute food and medicine during the Nicaraguan Revolution. Supported ruling Sandinista government.
Back in NY, he worked for a nonprofit organization focused on improving health care in Central America, continuing to support the Sandinistas in his spare time, joining a group called the Nicaragua Solidarity Network of Greater New York.
DeBlasio served as New York/New Jersey Regional Director for HUD under Clinton's administration whereby he increased federal funding for affordable and senior-citizen housing. Served as campaign manager Hillary Clinton in 2000 for her Senate bid. Served three terms on NYC council, 39th district.
An Interview with Bill DeBlasio Aside from finding A-Rod disgusting, there are several issues discussed. Here is one quote re climate change: "There’s a great model in Chicago for financing energy retrofits. I’d like to borrow from that and make it a central part of my administration. But I also want to make sure that environmental sustainability and economic sustainability are brought together and that we use opportunities like retrofits to maximize economic opportunity for folks that are being left out for now."
In July, Howard Dean endorsed Bill deBlasio "as the only true progressive in a crowded mayoral race" against Anthony Weiner.
DeBlasio is currently ahead in polls, in spite of Lhota's strong debate performances.
Go figure. One would think NY would appreciate more heavily the Giuliani influence which brought their City back to life and be wary of leftist policies continuing to gain a chaotic stranglehold in their great City.
- Bill de Blasio's Obama problem "If, and it’s a big if, de Blasio does obtain state approval for the tax hike on the city's top earners that will pay for it, implementing universal full-day pre-k and after-school programming for all middle-schoolers are structural changes to the education system that, if successful, will mostly have long-term effects on economic inequality."
- Joe Lhota presses on in waning days of NYC mayoral campaign "These are the final days of Lhota's campaign for mayor. Rival Bill de Blasio has outraised him by millions. Every poll predicts de Blasio will trounce Lhota by about 40 points.... "None of Lhota's strategies has halted de Blasio's momentum -- not highlighting the Democrat's past sympathizing with left-wing revolutions in Latin America, not warning that his rival would doom the city to its past of chaos and crime, not strong performances by Lhota in two of three debates, not playing up his government know-how as a top deputy to former Mayor Rudy Giuliani."