Skip to comments.Bill de Blasio Gives Monologue on Joe Lhota’s Republican Values
Posted on 10/02/2013 8:01:25 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
In case there were any doubts, Bill de Blasio has no interest in letting his Republican rival, Joe Lhota, distance himself from the right-wing of his party.
In a blistering broadside at an unrelated Brooklyn press conference today, Mr. de Blasio told Politicker that Mr. Lhota has to embrace everyone from Mitt Romney to Barry Goldwater, whom Mr. Lhota professed an affinity for in college.
First of all, its 2013 and the Republican Party has evolved, thanks to Mr. Lhotas friend Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan and others over the last two decades, its evolved into a very right-wing party nationally and in many ways in this state, Mr. de Blasio said when asked about his efforts to link Mr. Lhota, a self-professed social liberal, to the Tea Party. So you cant be a Republican bystander. You cant say, you know, Oh Im an innocent liberal Republican and all those other things happened. Too bad.
If youre a member of the Republican Party youre buying into the whole idea and it has not been pretty to watch what the Republican Party has done to this country and what it is doing this very day through the Tea Party members of Congress who have literally shut down our government against the will of the people, Mr. de Blasio continued.
So I think, you know, you break it, you own it. If he chooses to be an ideological Republican and he does not deny hes an ideological Republican, then he has to account for the whole package, he said.
Mr. de Blasio then moved to compare Mr. Lhota to failed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who had positioned himself as a moderate.
I would remind you, Mr. de Blasio said, that a lot of people tried to suggest that Mitt Romney was a different kind of Republican. And yet, when the time came, he made very clear how much he wanted the conservative Republican and bent over backwards to achieve that support. I think Mr. Lhota did a similar thing when he met with the Tea Party in Staten Island a few months ago.
Im very proud to be a Democrat and I think theres a stark contrast right there, the public advocate confidently concluded.
Mr. Lhota has sought to separate himself from national Republicans in recent days, especially in the wake of the Washington shutdown. But Mr. de Blasios camp has continued to double down on the message, sending out a release today entitled, Which Republican Said It? Joe Lhota, George W. Bush, Or Mitt Romney?
Update: (8:00 P.M.): The Lhota campaign labeled Mr. de Blasio the extremist.
The only extremist in this race is Bill de Blasio, said Lhota spokeswoman Jessica Proud. He opposes successful charter schools for children, wants to prevent the police from doing their jobs and will drive jobs out of the city with his reckless spending. His agenda is wrong for New York and the voters will see through his ridiculous attacks.
Perhaps Lhota should grow some balls, and haul in some Nicaraguans whose families were murdered by the Sandanista scum this terrorist supported.
De Blabbio makes Wiener seem almost human by comparison.
If NYC elects this goon, I’ll sympathize with FReepers “caught behind enemy lines” and for the folks who support Lhota. Everyone else though, will have made their bed, as far as I am concerned.
Glenn Beck did an expose on him....
Anybody still living there likes socialism.
Stand by, New Yorkers.....You’re about to have a very rough ride back to the 1970s.
If I was a candidate like Lhota and accused of being a conservative, I would embrace it. But Lhota is running in NYC, maybe the most liberal bastion in the country. He can’t come off as an ideologue, unfortunately. However, I would waste no effort categorizing DeBlasio for what he is and how his liberal predecessors brought NYC to the brink of anarchy. I think Lhota has plenty of ammunition to use against his leftist opponent.
I used to think de Blasio made Bloomberg look like Barry Goldwater. Now I think he makes Weiner look like Barry Goldwater.
Electing de Blasio will put NYC on the fast track to becoming Detroit.