What a pathetic, sniveling worm this guy is. Faced with dwindling public support and having lost the police, his first course of action is to play political games and try and make it appear as if he has support. Pitiful.
While Mayor Bill de Blasio was personally coaxing the city’s police union presidents to meet with him, his top aides were on the phones with lawmakers urging them to blast PBA President Patrick Lynchand other officers for turning their backs on the mayor following the assassinations of two of New York’s Finest, DNAinfo New York has learned.
As late as Monday afternoon — the same time de Blasio was speaking with police union leaders to set up Tuesday’s détente to possibly mend their fractured relationship — the mayor’s government affairs honchos were privately cold-calling the city’s Democratic delegation of city and state elected officials, asking them to publicly criticize Lynch and those officers who dissed the mayor.
“City Hall wanted me to blast the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association for turning their backs on him,” a Big Apple legislator told “On The Inside.” “They called up Monday, said they were calling all of us, and that it was our obligation to stand up defending the mayor.”
It’s their obligation to stand up for this douchebag? Really?
There was an expectation from City Hall that “because they were calling that we should do whatever they ask,” the lawmaker said.
Another lawmaker, who also received a call from a top City Hall official, said he did not feel pressured to speak out, but thought it was “really inappropriate” to be asked even though he did not agree with the police protests.
“I think the mayor should not find himself in that position, particularly on an issue that is so sensitive, asking elected officials to chime in on something like this,” he said. “It is not really appropriate and I felt badly that they had to do it.”
He was already leaning toward making a public statement, but declined to say whether he actually did.
A City Hall spokesman did not immediately return a call seeking comment. The heads of the city’s police unions were not immediately available as well.
But hey, it’s not as if de Blasio’s playing politics or anything:
“The mayor’s people said that this had nothing to do with politics, so I said, ‘then what is the purpose of this call?’” one of the lawmakers added.
Politics, of course. Speaking of which, this is rather unseemly:
— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) December 30, 2014
This wouldn’t be necessary except for, um, Bill de Blasio.
Random thought: Has he called his good buddy Al Sharpton for help?