New York, NY – After enthusiastically endorsing Bill de Blasio’s 2013 mayoral campaign, a scathing Jewish Press editorial blasts the mayor for his “radical chic” agenda and his lack of Orthodox representation among his team of key decision makers.
Titled “The Disturbing Mr. De Blasio,” the editorial (http://bit.ly/2feJkWQ) comes seven months after a similar piece titled “The Disappointing Mr. De Blasio,” which slammed the mayor for endorsing staunchly anti-Israel congressman Keith Ellison in his bid to become chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
The Jewish Press article takes the mayor to task on several issues including his pointed criticism of the president as the featured speaker at a German anti-Trump rally during the G-20 economic summit and his departure from the city one day after a 48 year old NYPD officer was gunned down.
Yet another perceived de Blasio faux pax was his participation in this year’s Puerto Rican parade which paid homage to convicted terrorist Oscar Lopez Rivera who was found guilty of taking part in a bombing that took the lives of four New Yorkers.
In a final barb, the article notes that as a self-proclaimed champion of inclusiveness, de Blasio has done little to ensure an equitable representation of Orthodox Jews at high level positions in his administration.
In its 2013 endorsement of the mayor, The Jewish Press praised de Blasio for his ability to connect with voters and his understanding of the unique needs of the Jewish community, saying that he has “the intelligence, compassion and innate good sense to be a great mayor and take our city to new heights.”