‘Now that my dad is on the move, his opponents are on the attack,’ Bill de Blasio’s daughter, Chiara, says in a new campaign ad.
Bill de Blasio is playing the family card once again.
A day after Republican Joe Lhota unleashed a scathing attack ad that painted de Blasio as soft on crime, the Democrat responded with an ad of his own that featured another member of his photogenic family.
De Blasio won the Democratic nomination last month partly on the strength of touching ads featuring his Afro-sporting teenage son, Dante.
The ad he started airing Thursday focused on college-aged daughter Chiara, who looks directly at the camera and offers a cheerful response to attacks on her father.
“Now that my dad is on the move, his opponents are on the attack,” the 19-year-old sophomore says, without mentioning Lhota by name or repeating the charges in his ad.
Wearing the same pink flowered headband she wore the night de Blasio won his party’s nomination, Chiara touts some of the progressive policy initiatives her dad supports, including taxing the wealthy to fund early childhood education and a plan to “end racial profiling.”
The ad then ends on a playful note.
Dante de Blasio (left) and his now-famous hair make an appearance in ad.
“All this attention isn’t bad,” Chiara says, as a picture of her brother Dante and his now-famous hair appears on the screen.
“As long as it’s not your little brother,” she says through a dramatic eye roll.
Lhota declined to comment on de Blasio’s use of his family in his latest ad but blasted Chiara’s message as misleading.
“It should be embarrassing at this point that Bill de Blasio continues to tout his plan to raise taxes when Gov. Cuomo has explicitly stated he will not allow it to happen,” Lhota said through a spokeswoman.
As the Daily News reported Wednesday, Gov. Cuomo said he won’t support raising taxes and doesn’t see a way for de Blasio’s tax hike to get the support it needs in Albany.
Despite that, de Blasio insists that he can boost taxes for people making $500,000 or more and raise enough money to offer free pre-kindergarten programs to all city 4-year-olds.
Lhota on Thursday also defended his dramatic new ad, which features black-and-white photos of gritty 1980s and 1990s New York, including images of graffiti-filled subways, a corpse and the Crown Heights, Brooklyn, riots.
David Handschuh/New York Daily News
De Blasio won the Democratic nomination last month partly on the strength of previous ads featuring his Afro-sporting teenage son, Dante. Here, de Blasio on the campaign trail Thursday.
It also shows video from the biker gang attack on an SUV last month, and warns that the city will be more dangerous if de Blasio is elected.
De Blasio called it fear-mongering, but Lhota stood by the ad Thursday.
“He has absolutely zero managerial experience and absolutely nothing in his background that would allow him to understand what you need to do to keep the people of New York safe,” Lhota said at a campaign stop in Far Rockaway, Queens.
Although he is down more than 40 points in recent polls, Lhota is doing well in fund-raising, according to a source close to his campaign.
He’s expected to raise around $500,000 in this filing period, which runs from Oct. 1 to Oct. 25, said the source.
That includes around $100,000 from a fund-raiser held on Thursday to celebrate Lhota’s 59th birthday, the source said.
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