On Thursday, he was labeled "an ass" on the cover of one city
tabloid after being skewered in another as behaving like Marie
Antoinette and accused on television of being a socialist.
"It does seem to me that de Blasio has gotten a much shorter
honeymoon than previous mayors," said Jerry Skurnik, a veteran
De Blasio, who won office with 73 percent of the vote in the city's
biggest mayoral electoral win in decades, came under fire this week
with his plans to take a vacation in Italy despite the threat of a
Long Island Rail Road strike.
That prompted a headline in the New York Post that read: "Let Them
The strike was averted on Thursday.
The Democratic mayor's media woes arguably can be traced back to the
night before his Jan. 1 formal inauguration when he shut most of the
media out of his swearing-in ceremony and raised the hackles of the
city press corps.
The liberal mayor was blasted by the New York Post in January over
whether snowplows were ignoring the rich on Manhattan's Upper East
By mid-February, after the mayor's decision to keep schools open in
a heavy snowstorm and his controversial call to police over the
arrest of a friend, the New York Times declared his honeymoon was
"The honeymoon will always run out on a newly elected New York City
mayor," the Times wrote. "But after just six weeks in office, Bill
de Blasio has discovered that wintry weather and a hint of
impropriety can hinder the careful plans of a young administration
quicker than most."
On "The Colbert Report," a satirical cable television show, host
Stephen Colbert accused him in an interview on Wednesday of taking
the city back to the 1980s and "the bad days of the squeegee men and
the rampant crime and the leg warmers."
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"The leg warmers weren't so bad," De Blasio replied, seemingly
taking it in stride.
Blazing "You're an Ass, Mr. Mayor" on its front page on Thursday,
the Daily News accused him of ignoring petitions to preserve the
carriage horse industry in Central Park.
The mayor's office did not immediately respond to a request for
De Blasio has it worse than his predecessors thanks to tenacious and
incessant social media, said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist
Institute for Public Opinion.
"It's all gotten much harder to control your message," he said,
"with social media and ... what politicians like to think is a
"Coverage has gotten more quick and dirty," Miringoff said.
(Editing by Peter Cooney)
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