Category Archives: Bo Dietl

Ulrich For Dietl



New York City Council Member Eric Ulrich today endorsed Bo Dietl for mayor, supporting Dietl in a race that he may not get to run.  Dietl’s hope of running in the Republican primary depends on receiving a waiver, known as a Wilson-Pakula, from the Republican county committees in at least three of New York City’s five counties.

This was a good get for Dietl, attracting a decent amount of press interest in a race that has attracted limited attention.  There’s a very small pool of Republican elected endorsements available, as Ulrich is one of only seven elected Republicans (excluding President Trump) from New York City.  He’s the second to endorse a mayoral candidate, with Assembly Member Ron Castorina having endorsed Paul Massey.

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Dietl Q&A: The Labor Edition



Mayoral candidate Bo Dietl spoke with the press today following an appearance at District Council 1707/AFSCME.  Labor Press and AM 970 The Answer hosted a “Labor Appreciation Day” which included a panel on the future of Rikers Island.  Dietl, along with Michael Palladino of the Detectives Endowment Association, Elias Husamadeen of the Correction Officers Benevolent Association and Gregory Floyd of Teamsters Local 237 were panelists and former police and corrections commissioner Bernard Kerik moderated.

Although Dietl’s press advisory promised a joint press conference with Kerik, Kerik departed immediately after the panel and did not participate in the press Q&A.

Topics included Kerik and how Dietl reconciles his criticism of Mayor de Blasio’s “corruption”, Kerik’s comment that children should be specifically taught how to safely interact with police, the continuing possibility of Dietl running in the Republican primary and possible union support, the “raise the age” initiative and mayoral control of schools.  Here’s the wide ranging post-panel Q&A with Dietl:

Dietl’s Wilson-Pakula, Continued



Mayoral candidate Bo Dietl continues his effort at seeking a Wilson-Pakula, which would enable him to run in the Republican primary.

Under New York election law candidates may seek to run on the line of a party that they’re not registered in only with the permission of the party, granted via a “Wilson-Pakula” waiver. Dietl, who initially wanted to challenge Mayor de Blasio in the Democratic primary, ended up as a man without a party after the Board of Elections rejected the form he submitted seeking to change his registration from Republican to Democratic as improperly completed. Dietl now plans to run on a self-created ballot line, “NYC Cares” while also seeking the Reform Party and Conservative Party lines.  (Prior reports are here and here.)

Speaking after a panel discussion on Rikers Island at a “Labor Appreciation Day” at D.C. 1707/AFSCME Dietl didn’t offer much detail but he did make clear that he continues to seek a Republican Wilson-Pakula.  He also distances himself from political parties, however, calling himself a “moderate conservative Democrat” who has “evolved” away from the GOP.  Today he said that he envisions himself in a position “where I don’t have to kiss Democrats or the Republicans butts, you know what I’m saying, I wanna kiss the peoples butts.”

Here are excerpts of Dietl’s comments to me and Laura Nahmias of Politico:

Dietl & A Wilson-Pakula



Mayoral candidate Bo Dietl continues seeking a Wilson-Pakula and the ability to run in the Republican primary.  (Background is here.)  I asked Dietl about his ongoing effort during a press conference on Thursday.  He made clear that he’s still seeking one, but offered little on how he’s progressed in obtaining the support of at least three of the five Republican county committees.

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Ain’t got enough.  That was mayoral candidate Bo Dietl’s succinct assessment of rival candidate Paul Massey.  Dietl is hoping to receive a Wilson-Pakula, a waiver from three of the five county Republican committees, to run in the Republican primary.  Should he receive a Wilson-Pakula, Dietl would face Massey in a Republican primary.

Here’s Dietl on Massey:

Dietl Press Conference #3



Mayoral candidate Bo Dietl held his third press conference Thursday, appearing outside Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New York City office.  The press conference featured Dietl reading a letter to Governor Cuomo in which Dietl urged Cuomo to initiate a NYS Board of Elections investigation into Mayor Bill de Blasio’s fundraising practices.  Dietl read the letter at a previous press conference, but seemingly and inexplicably hoping for more a press conference with more cameras than just NYTrue.com’s camera, held an additional press conference for a second reading.

Dietl continued his attacks on Mayor de Blasio, with interwoven denunciations of de Blasio as lazy, corrupt and from Boston.  Dietl touted his native-born status and his time as an NYPD detective as foundational to his qualifications for the mayoralty.

Video:

Here is the full press conference:

Photo Gallery:

Our photo gallery is available here.

Reform Party Candidate Forum



The Reform Party hosted a mayoral candidate forum Tuesday, with six candidates appearing and seeking the 2017 Reform Party nomination for New York City mayor.  The participating candidates included Democrats  Sal Albanese, Michael Tolkin and Kevin Coenen, Republicans Michel Faulkner and Rocky De La Fuente and currently man-without-a-party-but-hoping-to-run-as-a-Republican Bo Dietl.  All expressed a desire to run on the Reform Party line in addition to that of their respective party.

The Reform Party was created in 2014 by Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino as the “Stop Common Core” ballot line.  Winning more than 50,000 votes in that election brought a four year ballot existence for the party, which changed its name to the Reform Party.  Astorino and his allies lost control of the party, however, with Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa taking control.  (There’s a separate and unaffiliated Reform Party that is part of the national Reform Party of the United States.)  According to Sliwa, the Reform Party’s 18 committee members will select the party’s mayoral nominee, likely in late April or May.

Video – Here are the six candidates giving short introductions:

Update – Photo Gallery:

Our forum photo gallery is available here.

Dietl Press Conference



Dietl 3-24-17-5Mayoral candidate Bo Dietl today held his second campaign press conference, covering an eclectic mix of topics as he works at pushing his quixotic candidacy ahead.  Healthcare, calling for a new investigation of Mayor de Blasio, possibly running as a Republican, Donald Trump, PBA support for a Democratic mayoral candidate and a few more chapters on Mayor de Blasio filled about 30 minutes with three reporters.

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Dietl Change On Wilson-Pakula



Mayoral candidate Bo Dietl has had an about-face on the prospect of taking a Wilson-Pakula and running on the Republican line.

Under New York election law candidates may seek to run on the line of a party that they’re not registered in only with the permission of the party, granted via a “Wilson-Pakula” waiver.  Dietl, who initially wanted to challenge Mayor de Blasio in the Democratic primary, ended up as a man without a party after the Board of Elections rejected the form he submitted seeking to change his registration from Republican to Democratic as improperly completed.  Dietl now plans to run on a self-created ballot line, “NYC Cares.”

When I asked Dietl on Tuesday about running on the Republican line via a Wilson-Pakula he declared that “if I was to do that I would be a hypocrite” as he’s evolved politically into a “moderate conservative Democrat.”  A report in today’s New York Times quoted Dietl as saying, contrary to his statement Tuesday, that “if the Republicans want to give me the line, I’ll take it.”  Today during a press conference at Dietl’s midtown office I asked him directly about his seemingly contradictory statements.

He began by saying that “since the other day, I’ve been contacted a lot” and then stating that “if the Republican Party feels as though they want to use this Wilson-Pakula or whatever its called and wants to give me the Republican line I will take it.”  His lengthy response included saying that he’s scheduled to meet Monday with two Republican county leaders to discuss the prospect of a Wilson-Pakula.  Dietl declined to say which County leaders he’s meeting with, saying that “maybe they’ll get slapped around by the Republican Party.”  He also invited a Democratic Wilson-Pakula, saying “maybe the Democrats want to come and Wilson-Pakula me too, I’ll take their Wilson-Pakula too, I’ll take everybody’s Wilson-Pakula.”

Dietl on a Wilson-Pakula:

 

Expanded Response:

Here’s Dietl’s full response to my question, which includes a lengthy criticism of Mayor de Blasio:

Photo Gallery: Jimmy Breslin’s Funeral



Writer Jimmy Breslin, whose outrage at societal wrongs and interest in people combined in a novelized reporting style that powerfully captured the New York of his era, was memorialized in a funeral Wednesday at the Upper West Side’s Church of the Blessed Sacrament.  Among the several hundred mourners were several Cuomos, including Governor Andrew, broadcaster Chris and their mother Matilda.  Contemporaries Mario Cuomo and Breslin had a decades-long close relationship, which Andrew Cuomo movingly described in his eulogy.

Mourners included Tony Bennett, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Bo Dietl, former NYC council speaker Chris Quinn, former NYC council member Robert Jackson and NY Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Donna Lieberman.

Andrew Cuomo spoke briefly with reporters after the funeral:

Photo Gallery:

Cameras were not permitted inside the church during the funeral, so our photos were shot as mourners departed.  Our full photo gallery is here.

Wilson-Pakula For Dietl?



Bo Dietl held a campaign kick-off press conference today on the steps of City Hall for his quixotic mayoral campaign, moving forward after a muffed attempt at shifting his party registration from Republican to Democratic.  Dietl, who initially wanted to challenge Mayor de Blasio in the Democratic primary, ended up as a man without a party after the Board of Elections rejected the form he submitted as improperly completed.  Dietl now plans to run on a self-created ballot line, “New York Cares.”

Under New York election law candidates may seek to run on the line of a party that they’re not registered in only with the permission of the party, granted via a “Wilson-Pakula” waiver.  I’ve heard that some Republican party leaders are considering offering Dietl a Wilson-Pakula and asked him about it today.  Here’s what he had to say: