3:11 pm Nov. 7, 2011
The spot is part attack-ad and part self-introduction.
The video shows newspaper headlines flying toward the viewer. One says "$lush Fund Scandal" and another says "Mayoral Frontrunner INVESTIGATED." These appear to be references to unflattering stories involving City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and City Comptroller John Liu. (After completing an investigation of the Council affair, the U.S. attorney announced that his office was not pursuing any criminal charges; Liu, whose campaign contributions were the subject of a big, potentially damaging New York Times story, has said that his books are in order, but he has brought in former state attorney general Robert Abrams to conduct an investigation into the matter.)
Then, the biographical part.
Allon is seen walking down a street lined with trees and brownstones, and he says, "The last thing I am is a politician."
Photos of Allon flash by: at Zuccotti Park, where he recently spent the night; with an African-American woman holding up what appears to be a city proclamation. (The woman is actually a Republican operative who is very active in the Manhattan area, Lolita "The Rainmaker" Jackson.)
Allon announced his candidacy the day after the last campaign-finance numbers were announced. He doesn't have enough of a presence to register in the polls at the moment, but his early start seems to be a calculation that if he can get some attention and raise some money over the next six-month filing period, the rest of the donor-class (and the press) will have to start treating him as something other than a vanity candidate. Public support, presumably, will follow.