2:55 pm Aug. 20, 2012
Today, a report in the Post quoted a "political source" saying, of Bill Thompson's media strategy for next year's mayor's race, that he "will spend every dollar he has on television ads to show New Yorkers that he’s black."
One former Thompson consultant disagrees.
Hank Sheinkopf, who worked on Thompson's 2001 and 2005 campaigns, wrote in an email to me, "To tell new yorkers what they already know wastes resources. To create turn out that matters and to stress unique qualifications that match voter needs will be smarter. And former Comptroller Thompson is very smart."
There are other reasons to believe Thompson won't simply run as the black candidate, including the fact that next year's primary is likely to include multiple barrier-breaking candidates: Christine Quinn, who is openly gay, and John Liu, who is Asian-American. The list might also include Bill de Blasio, whose wife is African-American, and Scott Stringer, who was raised by a Puerto Rican stepfather.
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