NEW YORK – With the election just over a week away, the Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio was supposed to be preparing for his last debate. Instead, the Democrat was addressing the nation on national television, shoulder-to-shoulder with the governor and the commissioner of police, as the city struggled with a deadly terror.
“This was an act of terror, and a particularly cowardly act of terror,” a solemn de Blasio declared less than a day after a man driving in a pickup truck killed eight people on a Manhattan bike path. “We know that this action was intended to break our spirit. But we also know New Yorkers are strong, New Yorkers are resilient and our spirit will never be moved by an act of violence.”
It was not a moment that the first term of the Democrat wanted to, but one that the colors of the latter-day sprint to Tuesday’s election.
Faced with little more than token opposition, de Blasio is still expected to cruise to victory. But the attack highlights his complicated relationship with the Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Republican President, Donald Trump — relationships that can move in the opposite direction as he closer to securing a second term as chief executive of America’s largest city.
In a city where the Democrats and the Republicans prevailed 6 1, de Blasio has lashed out at Trump with increasing frequency as election day nears. On the eve of the attack, he vowed to “stand up to Donald Trump, every day” during a campaign rally, in which he and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent, turns bashing and the Trumpet of the White House. He softened his tone only briefly in the hours after the attack, succeed the chairman without the use of his name for the call for action on a number of legal immigration in the wake of the New York City attack.
Like most elected officials in blue states, the mayor has long opposed Trump’s push for a ban on immigration from multiple majority of the Islamic countries.
“There should always very carefully research everyone where there is an indication of a problem, but not because of their religion, or not, because their country of origin,” the 56-year-old de Blasio said.
The mayor’s leadership in the days after the attack, and its repeated attacks against Trump, the difficulty independent mayoral candidate Bo Dietl, 66, a former police detective. The mayor of New York, have a good relationship with the president, Dietl said, to ensure that the White House not to take revenge by withholding federal funding for the public safety.
“This man is such a nonsensical idiot. He can’t even sit down with the president. That means for the next four years we are not going to get federal money for our police?” Dietl said in an interview. “This terrorist attack really people re-look at this and say, ‘do we really want a big bird to protect us?'”
At the same time, de Blasio turbulent relationship with Cuomo showed mild signs of improvement.
Despite both Democrats, Cuomo has put de Blasio in the lead and the policy is for a large part of his first term. The clash is a political distraction at best, and at worst a hindrance to the directors in a city where the government plays a major role in public transportation and education, among other areas.
A week before the attack, Cuomo seized on a photo of a homeless man sleeping in the subway thing, the mayor. De Blasio press conferences often feature multiple questions about the feud.
“It is no secret that there is no great love lost between the two of them — two alpha male politicians in powerful positions,” said Bill Bratton, the city police commissioner under de Blasio to 2016. “They have to work together. Sometimes they do and sometimes they don’t.”
Bratton added, “But in moments of crisis, the political differences aside for the public good.”
Indeed, Cuomo and de Blasio stood side-by-side in the days after the attack, united in their condemnation of terrorism and the Trump ‘s decision to blame Democrats’ immigration policy for the violence less than 24 hours after the attack. Or the spirit of cooperation will continue between the New York Democrats, is an open question.
The republican candidate, 36-year-old state assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, promised improvement of the mayor’s relationship with the state and federal government if elected.
“We are going to work with our partners in the government to get the resources that we need in our city,” she said during a press conference this week she took a approval of the MTA’s police union. “I have a feeling that people have just had it with Bill de Blasio.”