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The Endorsement Roll
April 21st, 2009

Mayor Michael Bloomberg released another endorsement this morning from the Office and Professional Employees International Union — his second union endorsement and the 68th he has received for his re-election bid.

Those 68 include elected officials, unions, community and religious leaders and groups.

The latest video endorsement (which have become a staple of the campaign so far) from the OPEIU says that the members wanted to endorse Bloomberg for a third term because crime rates are down, he practiced fiscal responsibility and he brought private sector jobs into the five boroughs (the full video endorsement is available after the jump).

So far, the mayor’s major competitor, Comptroller William Thompson, appears to have garnered only one public endorsement from Assemblymember Peter Rivera of the Bronx. When we asked the Thompson campaign for a reaction to another Bloomberg endorsement, spokesperson Anne Fenton sent over the following:

$100+ million dollars buys a lot of campaign ads and endorsements but New Yorkers cannot afford another 4 years of Mike Bloomberg. Bill Thompson is proud of the support that he has received from working families throughout the City who want change, new leadership, real results and a mayor who understands the needs of all New Yorkers.”


Though Thompson is light on the endorsements, he has beefed up his campaign staff (Fenton is not the only recent addition) and has been floating from political club to political club, rolling out his stump speech that focuses on his connection to the city’s middle class, his public service experience and the term limits debate.

By on April 21, 2009, 3:38 pm
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One Response to “The Endorsement Roll”

  1. Daniel Millstone Says:
    April 21st, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    I wouldn’t mind the $100 Million campaign if there were progressive policies to go with it. Taken all in all, Mr. B has been an improvement over Mr.Giuliani but in most of his policies and practices he’s not been even okay. His police practices, for example, have been appalling. Black and Hispanic people are disproportionately stopped and frisked for no law enforcement and disproportionately arrested for marijuana possession even though whites use marijuana more. Police conduct toward protesters and bicycle riders has been lawless.

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