By LOUIS FLORES
One week ago Sunday, Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-New York City) refused to endorse the 2016 presidential campaign of former U.S. Secretary of State and former U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-New York), saying that he wanted to see her vision, first.
Mayor de Blasio’s decision to refuse to endorse Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaign triggered lurid tabloid covers in the following days, including one in The New York Daily News with the headline, “Stabbed in de Back !”
The political fallout from the non-endorsement has ranged from one of portraying Mayor de Blasio as having acted traitorously to calculating.
On The New York Times Close-Up news magazine broadcast on NY1, The New York Times editorial board member Eleanor Randloph said she had a difficult time believing that the non-endorsement had not been orchestrated with the Clinton campaign, giving Mayor de Blasio time to deliver support from the political Left to the Clinton campaign at the right time.
It was not referenced by Ms. Randolph, but, in the lead up to the 2013 New York gubernatorial election, Mayor de Blasio worked behind the scenes to strong arm the Working Families Party to endorse the neoliberal incumbent, Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-New York), even though Governor Cuomo had been waged an unrelenting attack on the poor by making cuts to Medicaid and closing hospitals, and, lately, threatening to undermine public education.
In the past, Mayor de Blasio has also relied on his team of campaign consultants, who double as unregistered lobbyists, specifically the firm BerlinRosen, to intentionally deëscalate political pressures from reform activists.
As Mrs. Clinton travels across the nation to seek the Democratic Party nomination, Mayor de Blasio may work behind the scenes to strong-arm support from leftist circles for Mrs. Clinton’s neoliberal presidential campaign.
Preet Bharara delivering a speech at the 2015 Assembly of the Regional Plan Association
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, the nation’s top federal prosecutor in New York’s southern district, is set to deliver a keynote address at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on Friday.
The address is the highlight of the 2015 Assembly of the Regional Plan Association, an urban research and advocacy organization of academics, real estate developers, financial interests, and other big businesses.
The Friday address will be the first public appearance by U.S. Attorney Bharara since a report published by The New York Times confirmed an earlier report broadcast by WNBC Channel 4 News that federal prosecutors were investigating State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) for possible wrong-doing. The report by The New York Times added that Senator Skelos’ son, Adam Skelos, is also allegedly under investigation.
Following the shocking arrest of Assemblymember Sheldon Silver (D-Lower East Side) in January on corruption charges, U.S. Attorney Bharara advised voters to “Stay tuned,” to his on-going fight against political and government corruption. One day after Assemblymember Silver’s arrest, U.S. Attorney Bharara delivered a speech at New York Law School, reinforcing his campaign against corruption.
Government reform activists are eyeing whether the Friday address may be preceded by any further arrests.