Tim Wu, whose insurgent challenge to Andrew Cuomo's political machine fell short in Tuesday's primary, says he is furious at fellow progressive Mayor de Blasio.
“There was an effort to elect a progressive to the lieutenant governor office, and the greatest impediment to that was the Mayor Bill de Blasio,” Wu said in an interview Wednesday morning after he and running mate Zephyr Teachout were defeated by Gov. Cuomo and Kathy Hochul Tuesday. “He personally did more than any other actor to ensure that the lieutenant governor would go not to a progressive but to a conservative," Wu said.
Wu said that de Blasio jumped into the lieutenant governor's race at a crucial moment -- after Wu won an endorsement from the New York Times and was gaining “Wu-mentum.”
“He did radio ads, he did get-out-the-vote, he did the big ringing endorsement [for Hochul] right at the crucial moment. He took us on,” said Wu.
The only group of people who did more work than de Blasio to help Cuomo and his bank lobbyist running mate win the primary?
The UFT/AFT/NYSUT leaders:
1) who engineered a putsch at NYSUT to make sure the old leaders who had turned on Cuomo were ousted
2) who threatened the Working Families Party with dissolution if WFP gave their ballot slot to Zephyr Teachout
3) who refused to endorse Teachout in the primary and provide much needed cash and support for the Teachout/Wu campaign (as PEF did) and
4) who made robocalls for the campaign.
De Blasio, Weingarten, Magee, Mulgrew - four reasons why Andrew Cuomo will win re-election this year handily in the general election and his bank lobbyist running mate will ride along with him into power.