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All Aboard: de Blasio Bandwagon Takes New Passengers in Brooklyn

by Ben Max

 

Two days after securing a tick over 40% of the votes cast and counted in the 2013 Democratic primary for Mayor of the City of New York, Bill de Blasio and his campaign held a “Rally for Progressive Change” on the steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall.

 

(photo is courtesy of the campaign, via twitter)

 

With hundreds in attendance, the de Blasio camp showed significant strength, adding new endorsers, including several who had previously backed Speaker Christine Quinn or not made official declarations of support in the mayoral race. Most prominently, these new supporters include unions 32BJ SEIU and the Hotel Trades Council, which had backed Ms. Quinn; the Working Families Party, which had not yet endorsed in the mayoral race; and many elected officials at various levels of government, including the two candidates heading to a run-off in the race to replace Mr. de Blasio as Public Advocate, City Councilmember Tish James and State Senator Daniel Squadron.

 

The complete list of new endorsers sent out via press release by the de Blasio campaign at about 12:20PM can be found below. Prior to the shifts of the past two days, de Blasio’s fairly lengthy list of supporters can be found on his website’s endorsements page. The two lists will surely be merged soon.

 

Today’s rally adds further pressure to Bill Thompson, who has stated his intention to see all votes counted amid hopes that de Blasio will fall below the magic 40% needed to avoid a run-off with Mr. Thompson, who currently sits at 26%. Reports have Thompson set to meet with advisers tonight. Reports say that the Board of Elections will be counting paper ballots through the beginning of next week, with as many as 70,000 still to be counted.

 

One major Thompson supporter, the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) has remained staunchly supportive of Thompson and, through its President, Michael Mulgrew, also expressed its desire to see every vote counted in the hopes of entering a run-off. While Thompson and many of his supporters may eye a run-off as a chance to press the reset button on this race, open up three weeks to continue to attack Mr. de Blasio and attain support from backers of eliminated mayoral candidates Christine Quinn and John Liu, among others, many de Blasio supporters are calling for Mr. Thompson to concede the Democratic nomination now or, if he is determined to wait until the votes are all counted, even if the counting of the final ballots drops Mr. de Blasio just below the 40% threshold.

 

At today’s rally, Mr. de Blasio made no mention of a potential run-off for the party’s nomination. Republican Joe Lhota, winner of his party’s primary by a healthy margin, 53% to 41% over second-place finisher John Catsimatidis, awaits the Democratic nominee.

 

New post-primary de Blasio endorsers

Héctor Figueroa, President of 32BJ SEIU

Peter Ward, President of the Hotel Trades Council

Working Families Party (WFP)

Congressman Jerry Nadler

Stuart Appelbaum, President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU)

United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1500

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz

Former Congresswoman and NYC Comptroller Liz Holtzman

Planned Parenthood of NYC Political Committee

Assembly Member and Chair of the NYS Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus Karim Camara

Assembly Member Deborah Glick

Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal

Assembly Member Nily Rozic

Assembly Member Phil Goldfeder

Assembly Member Michael Simanowitz

Assembly Member Gabriela Rosa

Assembly Member Rafael Espinal

Assembly Member Dick Gottfried

Assembly Member Michael Miller

State Senator Dan Squadron

State Senator Kevin Parker

State Senator Brad Hoylman

State Senator Gustavo Rivera

State Senator Joe Addabbo

State Senator Martin Dilan

Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez

Council Member Tish James

Council Member Donovan Richards

Council Member Margaret Chin

Council Member Erik Dilan

Council Member Danny Dromm

Council Member Steve Levin

Council Member Jimmy Vacca

Council Member Dan Garodnick

Former Council and Assemblymember Guillermo Linares

City Council candidate Ritchie Torres

City Council candidate Carlos Menchaca

City Council candidate Corey Johnson

City Council candidate Helen Rosenthal

City Council candidate Antonio Reynoso

Democratic nominee for Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson

United Auto Workers (UAW) Region 9A

Communication Workers of America (CWA) Local 1180 President Arthur Cheliotes

International Union of Operating Engineers Local 891 President Robert Troeller

International Union of Operating Engineers Local Unions 94, 94A, and 94B President Kuba Brown

District Leader Mark Levine

District Leader Paula Melendez

District Leader Corey Provost

District Leader Frank Gulluscio

Former Community Board 1 Chairperson of Lower Manhattan Julie Menin

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