The WFP Mayoral forum was held Thursday night, July 3rd. I don't know how it was perceived on the webcast - whether you could hear the audience or not -- but there is no doubt that Tony Avella won.
However, I have unanswered questions about the Working Families Party. They injected themselves big time into the term limits debate last fall and were very opposed to the overturn of term limits, including getting involved in a lawsuit.
But then they endorsed Christine Quinn for another term. Quinn led the fight with Bloomberg to overturn the will of the people. Some people even think that the term limits question was not raised at the event because they made a deal with Bloomberg. Remember when Bloomberg said to a reporter "you are a disgrace" for bringing up the issue?
The WFP will make an endorsement vote on July 9th.
Bill Thompson had the nerve to call himself the "presumptive" nominee. And he will be if every registered Democrat goes to the polls in September for the primary and does the "politics as usual" thing and votes the way the Democratic political establishment is telling you to do.
These are some of the Twitter comments on the WFP site.
"So I think that Avela won the debate/forum - the reason being that any time you quote #the wire you win! "
" Cool forum WFP. Thanks for the opportunity. But if you endorse Bloomberg, then this city has gone to the dark age"
"Bloomberg is out of touch. Thompson seems a bit rehearsed. Avella rocked."
"Thompson was SO boring - he should run for senate."
"No Thompson, NYers aren't energized by you. Nice try though..."
"Did Thompson just call himself the presumptive nominee? That is some questionable messaging. "
"Thompson gives the same stump speech every time. "nuanced" is a bit of a stretch"
"thompson is going off the cuff, up is down"
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NY Times: At Working Families Party Forum, Bloomberg Declines to Toe the Liberal Line