Joe Lhota’s Latest Ad Hits Bill de Blasio on Charter Schools

October 14, 2013 Updated: October 17, 2013

NEW YORK—Republican nominee for mayor, Joe Lhota, released his latest television ad on Monday morning, titled “Rally.”

The ad takes aim at his Democratic rival’s stance on charter schools, which has come under fire in recent weeks. De Blasio has said he would not increase the cap on charter schools and would require some well off charters to pay rent. De Blasio also said his focus would be on traditional public schools, which 95 percent of students attend.

Thousands of parents, teachers, and students marched across the Brooklyn Bridge last week in protest of de Blasio’s charter school stance. Lhota, who has vowed to double the number of charter schools if elected, took part in the rally.

The ad uses images from the rally with a parent saying she would not vote for a candidate who did not support charter schools.

“Bill de Blasio has lost me,” the parent, who is unnamed, said in the ad. “He has lost my attention, totally, because of this outrage.”

“This ad captures how upset New Yorkers are about Bill de Blasio’s opposition to charter schools,” said Lhota spokeswoman Jessica Proud said in a statement. “Joe was proud to stand with the 20,000 parents and children who marched in support of charter schools and the hope they are providing for students. Mr. de Blasio is more concerned with protecting the status quo of the special interests than giving parents the school choice they deserve.”

The candidates will appear together for the first debate of the general election season on Tuesday.