A Rerun of 2001
February 2nd, 2009

We knew Rep. Anthony Weiner would take the middle class man mantra to his mayoral campaign (or lack thereof).

But what will Comptroller William Thompson’s signature be?

According to newly minted campaign manager, Eduardo Castell (soon to be the former executive deputy comptroller for external affairs), they won’t be playing into any political plotlines.

“I dont know if its a storyline,” Castell said. “Its a track record. It’s their track record versus Bill Thompson’s.”

For now, Castell said, the Bill Thompson for Mayor campaign will be spreading the Thompson “narrative” throughout the five boroughs, which includes touting his executive experience and budget know-how.

“These are very tough economic times,” said Castell. “Just looking at the very recent track record of the mayor, he’s working against the interest of working folks.”

Anyone else hear David versus Goliath?

In a telephone interview with Gotham Gazette, Castell reminisced on his first campaign stint with Thompson in 2001. Then, running for the first time for public office, the odds were against the Thompson team, Castell said. They were “underfunded” and without the backing of the Big Apple’s political establishment.

We all know the end to that story. But are we in for a rerun?

“In 2001, weve seen the script before. I was glad and proud to be a part of that effort,” Castell said.

And in 2009?

“People say, ‘Sure he’s popular,'” Castell said. “But the polls indicate that they are looking for something else.”

Recent polls show Bloomberg beating both Democratic rivals, though his popularity rating has slipped recently.

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