The mayor's race is turning even more negative as Christine Quinn goes after Bill de Blasio's record in a new television advertisement, though it remains unclear whether the attacks will be successful in stopping de Blasio's surge before Primary Day. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is going negative, attacking Public Advocate Bill de Blasio in a new television ad.
"De Blasio took over $50,000 from slumlords on his own list of the city's worst landlords. Slumlords that forced tenants to live amid rats, mold and squalor," the ad said.
The ad also takes shots at his positions on stop-and-frisk.
De Blasio says he will end the stop-and-frisk era, but Quinn points out that he has called for reforming the tactic, not ending it altogether.
"Her ad is misleading, it's false, and it's desperate. It's a blatant attempt to mislead the people of this city," de Blasio said.
Former City Comptroller Bill Thompson is also out with a new television ad, featuring his daughter. It's a move pulled right out of de Blasio's playbook.
"He'll fix schools in poor and minority neighborhoods, not close them," Thompson's daughter said in the ad.
De Blasio's rivals have been attacking him over a host of issues the past few days.
They are trying to prevent him from getting 40 percent or more of the vote on Primary Day, which would allow him to avoid a run-off.
"The numbers are very gratifying, and I think it says that my message of progressive change is getting through. It says people want a real break from the Bloomberg years, but we've always believed there is going to be a run-off," de Blasio said.
De Blasio is criss-crossing the city, campaigning in all five boroughs.
Voters lined up to speak with him, and in Chelsea, one of his supporters, actress Susan Sarandon, added some star power to his campaign operation.
But not all the candidates had positive interactions with the public.
Anthony Weiner lost his cool on Wednesday, after a man insulted him and muttered that Weiner is "married to an Arab."
"You know who judges me? Go visit with your rabbi. Go visit with your rabbi. Shows you how much you know. By the way, by the way, that is between me and her and my God, not between you. That's not up to you," Weiner said.
Weiner later said that if anyone says vile things about him and his family, they should expect him to respond.