Wolfson attacks de Blasio for wanting to curb stop-and-frisk, and Liu, who wants it 'abolished'
"Make no mistake, we will not continue to be the safest big city in America if Mr. de Blasio has his way," said Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson, an old colleague of the Mr. de Blasio in question, who has proposed that the police department be investigated for its broad application of the stop-and-frisk tactic.
Wolfson also said, "Mr. de Blasio may be nostalgic for the days when the ACLU set crime policy in this city."
Bill de Blasio, who is running for mayor, managed Hillary Clinton's 2000 Senate campaign, when Wolfson was the campaign spokesman. (Then, again, Wolfson was in the trenches with pollster Geoff Garin in 2008 and went on to trash his number-crunching during the 2009 mayor's race.)
Meanwhile, City Comptroller John Liu, who still says he's running for mayor despite a federal probe of his campaign finances, said the entire practice of stop-and-frisk "should be abolished," in one fell swoop going beyond the most far-reaching reform proposals of de Blasio or Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who has also made stop-and-frisk an issue.
Liu's comment prompted Wolfson to declare a race to the left." Which may be true, if you count Liu as a participant.
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