It’s better to tell the truth than to blie.
Thus argued Bill Thompson’s mayoral campaign this afternoon as they pushed forward with what they clearly feel is a winning issue against front-runner Bill de Blasio: undisclosed meeting with lobbyists.
Mr. Thompson’s camp hit Mr. de Blasio on the issue yesterday, but came back today armed with a new website–www.BilldeBliar.com–to make their case.
Users who visit the site are offered the hypothetical opportunity to request a lobbyist meeting with Mr. de Blasio, whereupon they are told: “SHHH. NOBODY EVER HAS TO KNOW!”
The relatively awkward “Bill de Bliar” moniker caught much attention on Twitter, with jokesters inserting the letter “b” in front of random words. So Politicker asked the Thompson team why they’d chosen that particular refrain. Thompson spokesman John Collins explained that they’ve been calling Mr. de Blasio a “liar” a lot recently–including in campaign commercials–so it fit.
“This is just part of a troubling pattern of Bill de Blasio doing one thing and doing another. That’s called a lie. Bill de Bliar,” he summed up his response during a conference call organize by their campaign.
“It sounds to me like it names itself,” chimed in Councilman Lew Fidler, an aggressive Thompson surrogate.
Reached for a response, de Blasio spokesman Dan Levitan shot back that the website “is a desperate and silly attack from a campaign with no ideas and no vision for how to break from the Bloomberg years.”
“They do get points for chutzpah though,” Mr. Levitan added, “since Bill Thompson worked as a Wall Street lobbyist as recently as this year.”
Bill de Bliar - that's the best the campaign can do to stop de Blasio's momentum.
Of course the Thompson campaign is being mocked for this lame attempt at hitting out at de Blasio.
And they SHOULD be mocked.
If this is where they're at with 11 days to go in the campaign and de Blasio starting to look like he's running away with the whole thing, they're in trouble.
This is not the actions of a campaign that knows what the hell it is doing.