De Blasio won’t elaborate on Chiara’s drug and alcohol abuse
At a Sunday press conference, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio dodged questions about a video his transition team released on Christmas Eve in which his daughter Chiara discusses her struggles with depression and drug abuse.
In the video, Chiara mentions specifically that she struggled with alcohol and marijuana abuse. Asked to clarify whether her substance abuse problems included any other kinds of drugs, de Blasio said he would not go into specifics.
"I think the video speaks for itself,” he said. “It says exactly what happened and how it happened.”
Asked if he had considered dropping his mayoral campaign because of Chiara’s condition, de Blasio said he would avoid talking about specifics but reiterated how proud he was of his daughter for speaking out.
“I don’t want to get into a lot of the details,” he said.
“I want to say something about the video and what I think it means,” he said. "Since it was released people all over the country, all over the world have responded to it.
“I have been so gratified particularly by parents who talked about what it meant to them,” he said “I am so proud. I know Chirlane feels the same way; we are so proud of our daughter,” he said, explaining that Chiara “wanted to tell her story.
“She wanted people to hopefully learn something from it, be inspired by it,” he said.
The de Blasios paid to produce the professional-looking video, but the mayor-elect said his team could provide further details about its exact cost and how it was created.
De Blasio also declined to discuss a future role in his administration for his spokesperson Lis Smith, whom the Daily News and New York Post recently reported is in a romantic relationship with former governor and former city comptroller candidate Eliot Spitzer.
“She is a member of the transition staff; she’s on vacation now, and that’s her status,” de Blasio said of Smith.