Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

December 31, 2013

New York City’s Sandinista mayor?

Filed under: Deblasio — louisproyect @ 3:11 pm

Our mayor when he was young and idealistic

Mr. de Blasio’s recruitment process — deliberative, carefully attuned to his political image, and with a pronounced bent toward candidates with deep experience — has offered an early glimpse into the management style of a mayor-elect more accustomed to overseeing political campaigns than a sprawling municipality.

The fierce liberal who electrified voters in the Democratic primary has so far produced a cabinet that any of his more centrist rivals might have appointed: Mr. de Blasio has surrounded himself with alumni of Goldman Sachs and the administrations of former Mayors Rudolph W. Giuliani and Michael R. Bloomberg, his bête noire on the campaign trail.

N.Y. Times, “For de Blasio, So Many Jobs to Fill, So Little Time”, 12/30/2013

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At a news conference on Monday announcing the appointment, Mr. de Blasio and Ms. Fariña took several swipes at the way Mr. Bloomberg ran schools, and the incoming chancellor pledged to review every one of the departing mayor’s policies. “We know that there are things that need to happen, but they need to happen with people, not to people,” she said.

But in significant ways, Mr. Bloomberg’s mark on education will endure into his successor’s term.

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N.Y. Times, “De Blasio Recognizes Obstacles Standing in Way of Schools Plan”, 12/30/2013

Former President Bill Clinton will swear in Bill de Blasio as New York City’s 109th mayor at the inauguration ceremony on Jan. 1, the mayor-elect’s transition team announced in a statement on Saturday.

Mr. de Blasio served in Mr. Clinton’s administration as a regional director of the Department of Housing and Urban Development and was the campaign manager for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s successful run for the Senate in 2000. Mrs. Clinton will also attend the inauguration.

“I was honored to serve in President Clinton’s administration and on Secretary Clinton’s campaign for U. S. Senate, and I am honored again that they will both join our celebration for all of New York City,” Mr. de Blasio said in the statement. “Wednesday’s ceremony will be an event for every New Yorker from all five boroughs, and Chirlane and I couldn’t be more excited to have President Clinton and Secretary Clinton stand with us,” he said, referring to his wife, Chirlane McCray.

Mr. de Blasio later sent out on Twitter a photograph taken in 2000 showing Mr. and Mrs. Clinton at the White House with him, his wife and their two children, Chiara and Dante, who were then small enough to be carried in their parents’ arms.

N.Y. Times, “Bill Clinton Will Preside at de Blasio’s Inauguration”, 12/28/2013


  1. The Guardian and the Nation love the guy. I guess the people at each publication have to spend a lot of time filtering out information that conflicts with their narrative that de Blasio represents a transformative turn in American politics away from neoliberalism.

    Comment by Richard Estes — December 31, 2013 @ 6:22 pm

  2. delusional wishful thinking…will end in farce. ain’t that america…
    poor people are desperate and disenfranchised so they will not pay attention or hope this one doesn’t screw them as much as the last one. the so-called middle class are close to totally delusional and most importantly in denial. they buy into the rhetoric (because they can still afford to) and think, this guy will be the one who solves problems by tweaking the system. the rich just laugh at everyone and continue business as usual…

    Comment by 21st Century Poet — December 31, 2013 @ 8:05 pm

  3. Leopards don’t change their spots, I doubt he was ever that idealistic.

    Comment by jeff — January 1, 2014 @ 12:29 am

  4. I’m sure he was about as idealistic as Obama.

    The problem is American electoral politics are pre-dickered like Hasbro’s patented Play-Doh. You can start with any maleable glob of goo but once it’s pressed through the mill it comes out it neat little streams of stars & stripes conforming to the ruling class template.

    Comment by Karl Friedrich — January 1, 2014 @ 1:23 am

  5. Like Abercrombie, our governor.

    Comment by Poppa Zao — January 2, 2014 @ 8:36 am

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