LookBack: Dispatches from New York City Campaign History

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Photograph made on Sep 10 2013 evening. New York City Elections Primary Night. Christine Quinn’s Primary Night Party at The Dream Hotel – 355 West 16th Street in Manhattan

August 16, 1993
“Giuliani Calls For Replacing School Board”

Rudolph W. Giuliani, the Republican-Liberal candidate for mayor, said yesterday that the New York City public school system was performing so poorly that the city’s Board of Education should be abolished … Mr. Giuliani joined a growing number of politicians who say the city’s school system has become an unmanageable behemoth. … Five smaller boards, Mr. Giuliani said, would be more efficient, accountable and accessible. “It would help to get parents closer in touch with the school system,” he said on a morning call-in show on WRKS-FM.
-Clifford J. Levy, The New York Times

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August 8, 2013
“Weiner Gramps Up Spat”

Anthony Weiner says it’s no big deal that he called 69-year-old rival George McDonald “grandpa” – because he’s been called a lot worse. “I’ve got a thick skin. I know if you want to be mayor you’ve got to be able to deal with these types of things. I deal with it just about every single day,” said the embattled mayoral candidate, who has been berated by voters for his sexting scandal.
-Erin Durkin, Daily News

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August 1, 1989
“Dems’ Debate: Fast and Furious; Mayoral hopefuls take to TV”

Precisely six weeks before the Sept. 12 primary, the four Democrats will make their only prime-time appearance together at 8 p.m. on WCBS, Ch. 2. They appear two days after The New York Poll, taken for New York Newsday by The Gallup Organization, showed Mayor Edward I. Koch moving up but still trailing Manhattan Borough President David Dinkins – in a four-way primary or a two-candidate runoff. The poll also said that either Dinkins or Koch would beat Republican Rudolph Giuliani, the former U.S. attorney, in November but that Dinkins would beat him by a wider margin.
-Maurice Carroll, Newsday

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July 25, 2001
“Bloomberg Narrows Gap, But Trails All Four Dems”

In a June 7 poll … [Michael] Bloomberg trailed any of the four Democrats by margins of 2 -1 or more. In this latest poll, possible general election matchups show: … Public Advocate Mark Green over Bloomberg 54 – 28 percent, with 15 percent undecided, down from 62 – 20 percent. … Little has changed in the Democratic primary line-up, where Green leads with 30 percent, followed by [Bronx Borough President ] Fernando Ferrer with 18 percent, [City Comptroller Alan] Hevesi with 17 percent, and 16 percent for [Council Speaker Peter] Vallone, with 18 percent undecided.Quinnipiac Poll

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July 19, 1997
“Big Donors to Giuliani Campaign Asked to Assist ‘Running Mate'”

Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani’s campaign has a helpful suggestion for supporters who have given the maximum contribution to his campaign and are seeking ways to impress him further with their generosity. They can raise tens of thousands of dollars for his “running mate,” Assemblyman Jules Polonetsky of Brooklyn, who wants to be public advocate. -David Firestone, New York Times, July 19, 1997

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