Democratic Mayoral Candidates Square Off, Bash Bloomberg In Debate

Posted: August 13, 2013 in Elections and Voting, Local Politics, New York City
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CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Several of the Democratic mayoral candidates took swipes at soon-to-retire Mayor Michael Bloomberg during a debate Tuesday, particularly on his election to an unprecedented third term and the issue of unionized city workers who have been without contracts.

Candidates Christine Quinn, Anthony Weiner, Bill Thompson, John Liu, and Bill de Blasio gathered for the debate on Tuesday night.

The debate came as a new Quinnipiac University poll placed de Blasio as the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, surging past former leader Quinn.

In blasting Bloomberg for circumventing the term limits law to run successfully for a third term four years ago, de Blasio accused fellow candidate Quinn of complicity in the move.

“Speaker Quinn gave Mayor Bloomberg a third term in a backroom deal that defied the Democratic will of the people. What did we get? A massive increase in the use of stop and…

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