Mayor Sharpton and Rev. de Blasio — oops, sometimes I get them confused, but that’s my mistake. We have only one mayor at a time and, until further notice, he’s Mayor Sharpton.
The Rev’s reach is on display again, with Bill de Blasio firmly standing by an aide whose boyfriend is a convicted killer and cop hater. Critics warn the mayor he is doing more damage to his already-damaged relationship with the NYPD.
They have a point, but they miss the larger one. Far more important to de Blasio is the fact that the aide, Rachel Noerdlinger, is close to Sharpton. And to be close to Sharpton is, in this administration, close to godliness.
Noerdlinger serves as Sharpton’s eyes and ears at City Hall. She recently attended a police CompStat meeting and reportedly joins de Blasio’s daily Cabinet meeting. As Mark Green put in a tweet, she’s with “Rabbi Sharptn.”
That makes Noerdlinger a protected class of one. Formerly Sharpton’s spokesperson, she was hired as chief-of-staff for First Lady Chirlane McCray at the whopping salary of $170,000. She also got a waiver allowing her to continue to live in New Jersey so her teenage son could keep his doctors following two serious accidents.