Bill de Blasio, the Democratic nominee for New York mayor, won the backing of President Barack Obama, who praised the candidate’s pledge to close the growing gap between rich and poor in the most populous U.S. city.
New York mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio’s campaign theme of wealth inequality came under attack from Republican Joseph Lhota hours after he won the Democratic nomination and avoided a primary runoff with William Thompson.
Former New York City Comptroller William Thompson withdrew from the mayoral race today and backed Public Advocate Bill de Blasio as the Democratic nominee, saying he wanted to avoid a runoff and preserve party unity.
Bill de Blasio, the top vote-getter in New York’s Democratic mayoral primary, rallied hundreds of supporters amid reports of mounting pressure for second-place finisher William Thompson to back out of the race.
New York Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, who wants to boost taxes on the wealthy, led former city Comptroller William Thompson in the race for the Democratic Party’s nomination for mayor, according to unofficial results.
New York Republican mayoral candidate Joseph Lhota said he agreed with Bill de Blasio, the presumptive Democratic candidate, that the city should offer universal, all-day pre-kindergarten. He disagreed that the rich should be taxed to pay for it.
New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio won the most votes in the Democratic mayoral primary, after campaigning against the police department’s stop-and-frisk tactics and what he said were Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s policies favoring the rich.