De Blasio Takes Center Stage in Second Ad

By Kristen Meriwether
Kristen Meriwether
Kristen Meriwether
Journalist
August 19, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

NEW YORK—After giving his son Dante much of the air time in his first television advertisement, Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio took center stage in his second ad, released early Monday morning.

In the 30-second spot, which will run on broadcast and cable networks, the mayoral hopeful talks about the discussion he had with his son Dante regarding stop-and-frisk.

“Chirlane [de Blasio’s wife] and I have talked to Dante many times about the fact that some day you will be stopped,” de Blasio says in the ad.

The ad will begin running as stop-and-frisk continues to be a hot topic in the city. On August 22, the City Council will vote to override the mayor’s veto on an Inspector General bill as well as a new racial profiling bill.

De Blasio is the only candidate who supports both measures as well as hiring a new police chief, something brought up in the new TV spot.  

“Bill de Blasio, the only candidate to end a stop and frisk era that targets minorities,” a voiceover says in the ad.

The sentence is a carefully worded promise de Blasio has been pushing on the campaign trail. He has never vowed to end stop-and-frisk, but rather the practices that make it biased.

 

Kristen Meriwether
Kristen Meriwether
Journalist