Mayoral candidate Bo Dietl had mixed results as he sought out Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio ahead of the West Indian Day Parade this morning. Cuomo and de Blasio lined up separately for the parade, with Cuomo doing a brief press Q&A before marching.
As Cuomo walked toward the waiting press Dietl called out “we love Governor Cuomo”, drawing a finger point and “ohhh, Bo.” “Democrat Bo” replied Dietl. As Cuomo and the Rev. Al Sharpton stood waiting to march Dietl moved in, drawing a “what’s up Bo” from Sharpton as they exchanged a handshake and kiss. (“I know Al Sharpton 40 years … I regard him as a friend” Dietl said afterwards.) A smiling Cuomo looked toward Dietl, shook his hand and kept smiling as he turned away.
Dietl moved on to de Blasio, waiting for a moment as the mayor posed for a picture. “Mr. Mayor, no Columbus, come on, no Columbus” he called out, drawing a mayoral smile and quick handshake. A silent Chirlane McCray, Mayor de Blasio’s wife, smiled wanly and gave a small flick of her flag as Dietl reached past her to take the mayor’s hand.
Rival mayoral candidates Bo Dietl and Nicole Malliotakis support continuation of DACA, and oppose President Trump’s expected termination of the program. I spoke with Dietl, running on a self-created line in the general election, and Malliotakis, the Republican and Conservative Party nominee, just before today’s West Indian Day Parade.
Dietl said that he’s “totally against” the ending of DACA. Voicing support for the DACA applicants, Dietl declared that “we gotta bring ’em into our system” and called for a path to citizenship.
Malliotakis condemned any presidential action removing the DACA protections. Noting that there has not been any White House announcement yet, Malliotakis was nonetheless clear that she would oppose any significant reduction or elimination of DACA’s protections. She urged Congress to act and “put forward some type of path for legalization and citizenship.” She also urged Congress to act more broadly to improve the immigration system.
Mayoral candidate Bo Dietl, running on a self-created ballot line, called on Republican/Conservative mayoral nominee Nicole Malliotakis to withdraw from the race. Dietl issued a press release and spoke at a candidate forum last night urging his rival to end her candidacy. We spoke at length with Dietl after the forum; video excerpts of our conversation are below.
Malliotakis’ withdrawal would significantly help Dietl, but it’s extremely unlikely to happen. Dietl and Malliotakis each dramatically trail Mayor Bill de Blasio in public polls, with both of them barely into double digit support. Either ending their candidacy would help the other, but there’s little incentive for Malliotakis to do so.
Dietl mostly offered that he’s better able to defeat de Blasio as his main argument for Malliotakis to withdraw. He gave a brief policy-based argument, saying that Malliotakis opposed a minimum wage increase, opposed same-sex marriage and opposed MTA funding and is therefor out of synch with the majority of New York voters. He also criticized her participation in the City’s campaign matching funds program. Finally, Dietl had harsh criticism of New York State Republican Chairman Ed Cox.
Here’s an edited version of our exchange. We spoke just after Dietl’s appearance at a Bay Terrace candidate forum.
“Hey Sal, boy he bitch-slapped you the other night” is rarely a good greeting for a a mayoral candidate, but that’s how mayoral candidate Sal Albanese was greeted by fellow mayoral candidate Bo Dietl last night outside a candidate forum hosted by the Bay Terrace Community Alliance. Diet had just finished a NYTrue.com interview when Albanese walked past, headed in to the forum. Diet called out in a friendly voice but with a message undoubtedly displeasing to Albanese, focused on Albanese’s on-on-one debate Wednesday with Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“Stop with that, we did pretty well”replied Albanese as they shook hands. “We don’t do violence” thumped Albanese as he turned and continued in after Dietl lamented Albanese failing to give de Blasio a “right hook.” “He needs a little violenceatation” countered a smiling Dietl. (Dietl once dismissed rival candidate Paul Massey as not having “enough umpatation.”)
Here’s a look:
Mayoral candidate Bo Dietl offered a seemingly impromptu endorsement of Republican comptroller candidate Michel Faulkner last night. Both candidates had just exited a candidate forum at St. John’s University, with Dietl headed off after speaking to a few reporters. As Faulkner stepped forward to speak with the press Dietl returned and made his statement.
Faulkner did not reciprocate with an endorsement of Dietl’s independent candidacy. After ending his mayoral campaign and switching to the comptroller’s race Faulkner initially endorsed Paul Massey. He has not formally endorsed Republican mayoral candidate Nicole Malliotakis, but he has expressed support for her. At a joint August 4th press conference Faulkner said that “we all hope and pray [that Malliotakis] will be our next mayor.”
Mayoral candidate Bo Dietl said he would like to punch Mayor Bill de Blasio, although he later tried to minimize the literalness of his comment. A candidate forum hosted by the Queens Tribune and St. John’s University Tuesday night included a “lightning round” question asking which council member or citywide elected official each candidate would most and least like to be stuck in an elevator with. Dietl named de Blasio as the official he would most like to be stuck in an elevator with “so I could punch him.” When asked afterwards (by the Post‘s Rich Calder) about his comment Dietl offered that “you can’t talk violence,” but proceeded to describe his disdain for de Blasio.
The Queens Tribune and St. John’s University hosted an unusual candidate forum Tuesday evening, putting Democratic and Republican mayoral, comptroller and public advocate candidates together on stage for two hours. Participating candidates included mayoral candidates Nicole Malliotakis, Bo Dietl, Sal Albanese, David Bashner and Mike Tolkin, comptroller candidates Scott Stringer and Michel Faulkner and public advocate candidates David Eisenbach and J.C. Polanco.
We’ll begin near the end, with the Lightning Round questions:
Update – Full Forum:
Here is the full forum:
Mayoral frenemies Bo Dietl and Nicole Malliotakis crossed paths this afternoon, just ahead of the Dominican Day Parade on Sixth Avenue. With their respective parade contingents lining up on the same block, Dietl and Malliotakis orbited around each other without interacting for a while, greeting supporters, talking with the press and saying hello to a mix of cops and marchers. They eventually came face to face, however, engaging and brushing each other off as a large press contingent stood nearby.
Dietl and Malliotakis share the goal of unseating Mayor de Blasio, but have obviously opposite strategies as to who should supplant him. They appeal to a largely overlapping slice of the electorate and face the prospect of simply dividing the anti-de Blasio vote, with both defeated by de Blasio in a crushing vote. That tension is quite apparent.
Here’s how it unfolded:
Sidenote: A look at a prior dietl/Malliotakis campaign trail interaction is here.
Here’s what Democratic mayoral candidate (and incumbent mayor) Bill de Blasio, Republican mayoral candidate Nicole Malliotakis and independent mayoral candidate Bo Dietl had to say about the Charlottesville violence and President Trump’s statement. Each spoke just ahead of today’s Dominican Day Parade in Manhattan; de Blasio in a statement to an assembled press pack (without taking any questions) and Malliotakis and Dietl in separate brief interviews with me. Video of their respective full statements is below. Continue reading Mayoral Candidates On Charlottesville
He’s gone from melba toast to movie star. Mayoral candidate Bo Dietl was harshly dismissive of rival candidate Paul Massey during Massey’s campaign, deriding him as “melba toast”, bland and dry. Last night, however, Dietl said that he had dinner Monday evening with former candidate Massey and that Massey now “looks like a movie star, nice and tan.”
“I don’t care” Dietl shrugged when I asked if Massey will endorse him. Dietl separately said that he hasn’t asked for Massey’s endorsement and that Massey hasn’t offered it. It’s notable, however, that Massey has not endorsed his former Republican rival, Nicole Malliotakis.
I spoke with Dietl as he departed from a campaign appearance at Juniper Valley Park in Middle Village – here’s what he had to say:
Mayoral candidate Bo Dietl headed to the Dominican Republic last night, for a one day visit intended to help his campaign. Dietl said that he’s scheduled to meet with the mayor of Puerto Plata, a north coast city, and visit an unspecified orphanage. Dietl also said that he hopes to meet with “Leonel, the president”, presumably meaning former president Leonel Fernández Reyna. (The current president is Danilo Medina.)
Here’s what Dietl had to say – we spoke last night during a campaign appearance at Juniper Valley Park.
It was smiles and jabs as mayoral candidates Bo Dietl and Nicole Malliotakis crossed paths tonight in Middle Village’s Juniper Valley Park. The candidates were there to work the crowd at Italian Night, a concert drawing several hundred people. There’s been some significant long-distance friction between them recently as Republican leaders quashed Dietl’s final effort at getting a Wilson-Pakula and running in the Republican primary.
They smiled for the camera (singular, as I was the only reporter there), with some forced joviality smoothing the light jabs they each tossed toward the other. Dietl sought to claim the turf immediately, declaring “this is Italian, this ain’t Greek, this is my neighborhood” as he walked up to Malliotakis. They didn’t shake hands, much less hug, with Malliotakis’ hand on Dietl’s shoulder the only greeting gesture. “Are you gonna be nice to me now Bo, I heard you’re calling me names on Curtis Sliwa” said Malliotakis. Dietl offered that when he becomes mayor “I want you to help me … cause Staten Island needs a lot of help.” Malliotakis quickly countered that when she becomes mayor “I will not make you my police commissioner.” (Dietl retorted “I’ve been offered that already by your friend Malpass.”)
Their sparring over, Malliotakis introduced herself to a couple of parks workers in a truck as she and Dietl began walking. As Malliotakis continued walking Dietl stopped to talk to those workers, soon calling out to the departing Malliotakis “they’re with me, they’re with me … they love the Bo man.”
Update – Photo Gallery:
Our photo gallery is available here.
Mayoral candidate Bo Dietl says that his most recent effort at getting on the Republican primary ballot was squashed by New York State Republican Chairman Ed Cox and Manhattan Republican Chairwoman Adele Malpass.
Dietl had recently renewed his effort at obtaining a Wilson-Pakula, with a surprising successful step Monday night as he received the Queens County Republican Committee’s endorsement. Obtaining a Wilson-Pakula requires a majority vote of the five New York City Republican county committees, so he still had a long way to go but Dietl’s Queens endorsement reenergized his effort. Bronx County, which like Queens had initially endorsed Paul Massey and was now without a candidate, appeared likely to also support Dietl. Dietl abruptly announced yesterday that he was ending his effort at obtaining a Wilson-Pakula, and would not seek to run in the Republican primary.
I spoke with Dietl today about his decision, with Dietl asserting that Cox and Malpass pressured Bronx Republican Chairman Mike Rendino to not support Dietl. Without Bronx GOP support Dietl had virtually no chance. According to Dietl, he was confident enough of his chances that he planned to host a meeting this coming Monday with the five Republican county executive committees, seeking a vote on his Wilson-Pakula.
We spoke today on Arthur Avenue, just ahead of Dietl’s walking tour with actor Chazz Palminteri.