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A Win for Thompson
July 9th, 2009

The Working Families Party has just announced it will support Comptroller WilliamThompson’s bid to replace Michael Bloomberg as mayor. In a statement released this evening, party executive director Dan Cantor said that, during a mayoral candidates’ forum las week, Thompson had “presented a clear, progressive message. He believes city government must first and always put the middle class and working families above the real estate developers and corporate interests that have dominated New York City for too long.”

Four years ago, the party did not endorse in the mayoral race, which was widely seen as a victory for Bloomberg. But now, Cantor said, “As our city and nation tackle the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, standing on the sidelines is unacceptable.”

Earlier today The Politcker reported that Bloomberg did not want the party to remain on the sidelines either: His campaign wanted an outright endorsement. When the Thompson endorsement was announced, though, Bloomberg spokesman Howard Wolfson said it was “hardly a surprise given that Bill Thompson ran [for comptroller] on the WFP line in 2001 and 2005. What is a surprise is how hard Mr. Thompson had to work to get the line and how close the vote was. Hardly a show of strength for Mr. Thompson.”

Be that as it may, the Working Families Party move is “a significant victory for the Democratic mayoral hopeful’s long-shot bid to unseat Mayor Bloomberg,” in the view of the Daily Politics’ Elizabeth Benjamin.

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