NEW YORK—With less than two weeks left before the general elections on November 3rd, tensions are rising between mayoral candidates Michael Bloomberg and Bill Thompson.
Bloomberg has had the upper hand in promoting himself and decimating his opponents through the media, dwarfing Thompson's spending 16 to 1. Bloomberg also launched a massive ad campaign attacking Thompson, despite his leading by 16 points according to a Sept. 24 Quinnipiac University poll.
The gist of the ads is that Thompson is influenced by special interest and "runs away from his record."
Thompson's office responded to these attacks saying they are "yet another attempt from the Bloomberg campaign to distance their candidate from his own abysmal record. Instead of focusing on the real issues, he's opted to spend $200 million on distorting Bill's record and deceiving voters."
In response to the attacks, Thompson began his own ad campaign against Bloomberg, asking, "Will you be able to afford to live here if Mike Bloomberg is reelected?"
The Local 1180 Communications Workers of America union also joined in the act by launching a half-million dollar campaign against Bloomberg. Their ads call Bloomberg the "out-of-touch billionaire."
No response was received from Bloomberg's office regarding the Local 1180 ad campaign.
Both candidates continue to receive endorsements.
Bloomberg recently won over the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association (PBA), the nation's largest municipal police union with close to 50,000 active and retired members.
New York City's crime rate has been at its lowest in 40 years. PBA President Patrick Lynch is quoted on Bloomberg's Web site saying "his approach to labor and management issues resulted in the first negotiated police officer's contract in nearly two decades."
Thompson has won the strongest endorsement from President Barack Obama, which is now a key point of his campaign.
Shortly after the announcement was made, articles questioning how solid Obama's endorsement was began echoing across various media. Thompson's office responded by saying "the president couldn't have been more direct in his report for the Democratic nominee, and clearly that is Bill Thompson."
On Wednesday, the day following a meeting with Obama in New York, Thompson commented, "I'm still smiling from last night and still excited about the president's endorsement, and we're just moving forward today."
"It increases the momentum of my campaign, that he was there last night, that he had good things and positive things to say, that he made clear his endorsement for my candidacy, and that he has the faith in my ability no not just to lead the city, but in my being able to win and having his endorsement." said Thompson.
He reiterated that he made the decision to run for mayor while standing in line to vote for Obama in the presidential elections.
Bloomberg's office responded to the endorsement, saying, "We're not surprised that the president supported the nominee of his party. That's to be expected." His office added that the president and Bloomberg "have a good relationship."