The borough voted for Giuliani twice and Bloomberg three times (77% the first two times, 66% the last time.)
A Republican who wants to be elected mayor of NYC cannot lose Staten Island and expect to win the election.
Joe Lhota lost Staten Island in the GOP primary.
According to Capital Tonight, Staten Islanders are pissed at Lhota for the Verrazano Bridge toll hike and seem to be holding that against him in this election.
The Lhota campaign has countered with all the wonderful things Lhota did for Staten Island during the Giuliani administration (including closing the Fresh Kills landfill and making the Staten Island Ferry free.)
Still, this isn't helping him with voters there.
Capital Tonight concludes:
The latest poll showed Bill de Blasio with an early lead in the Mayor’s race. Lhota supporters knew this would be an uphill battle. But he also can’t be explaining transportation policy to angry Staten Islanders a few weeks before the election and expect to win the borough.
Just another reason why Joe Lhota is not going to be mayor of NYC.
When a GOP candidate in a NYC mayoral race cannot count on Staten Island, he's in serious trouble.
I long have thought that Lhota's tenure at the MTA was not so helpful to him.
Yes, he got the subways running after Sandy - but he also raised the fares on the bridges and the subways.
People hold that stuff against bureaucrats and politicians - like they should.
And right now the reliably Republican borough of Staten Island is holding the toll hike against Republican candidate Joe Lhota.
Good luck getting over 35% without winning big in Staten Island, Joe.