Democratic mayoral nominee Bill de Blasio attended a private meeting with a number of leading New York City business figures yesterday.
Among them were Rupert Murdoch, the chairman of both News Corp. and its sister corporation, 21st Century Fox (who has taken a particular interest in trying to reshape public education); Robert Thomson, the chief executive of News Corp.; and Mortimer Zuckerman, the wealthy real-estate magnate who also owns the Daily News and U.S. News & World Report.
Several sources with knowledge of the meeting confirmed the attendance of de Blasio and all three top media figures but stressed that other businesspeople were also in attendance. The total headcount was around "a couple dozen," one source said.
The purpose of the meeting, as well as where it took place, is unclear. A spokesman for de Blasio's campaign declined to comment, as did spokespeople for Zuckerman and News Corp.
But it was held one day before de Blasio spoke to a larger collection of the city's leading business titans, at a breakfast this morning hosted by the Association for a Better New York. The city business-leadership group has been described by de Blasio as the "lion's den." De Blasio is advocating a tax hike for the wealthiest New Yorkers and the reduction of tax breaks for corporations.
As I wrote earlier today, de Blasio didn't get where he is by being some intransigent commie pinko Sandanista
He got there by being an expedient politician.
How much do you want to make a bet the sell-out for all those leftie promises he made during the primary campaign became official at the meeting with Zuckerman, Murdoch and the other business criminals today?