Next NYC Mayoral Debate Tuesday, Oct. 27th, 7 p.m.; Two Male Candidates, All Male Reporters will Conduct “Debate”

The next NYC Mayoral Debate will be held Tuesday, October 27th from 7- 8 p.m. between (candidate-with-multiple-paid-for-party-affiliations-but-declared-as) Independent Michael Bloomberg and Democratic Party Candidate William Thompson.  It will air on WABC-TV, 1010 WINS Radio, and at 7online.com.

All New York City election debates are presented by the Campaign Finance Board.  There are ONLY two debates between the candidates for Mayor of New York City. New Yorkers only get to hear from the more moderate candidates from the “major” parties, basically those with major corporate and political ties. There are actually seven other candidates running on other party lines and it would be far more interesting – and informative – if Reverend Billy Talen (Green Party) and the guy from the Rent is Too Damn High Party, among all the others, were included.

Last week’s debate was broadcast on NY1 and WNYC Radio.  The moderator was Dominic Carter from NY1 and the press panel asking questions of the two male candidates were all men.  I thought… it’s one debate. That certainly can’t happen for the other debate. Oh, how wrong I was. While diversity as far as race seems to have been given consideration, gender … not so muchThere’s not one woman included in this all male club.  Seems hard to imagine in New York City but, given the political (and cultural) climate, I shouldn’t be surprised.

Here’s the info for the next Mayoral debate:

MODERATOR: Bill Ritter (WABC-TV)

REPORTER PANEL:  Dave Evans (WABCTV), Antonio Martinez (UNIVISION), Stan Brooks (1010 WINS)

Here is the general information as far as format:

Candidates will answer questions from reporters on the panel, pre-taped questions from voters and viewer emails.  http://www.7online.com also will be open during the debate to take live voter questions.  WABC web producer will screen those emails before adding them to the debate.  Questions will reflect the interests and concerns of a diverse voting population.

Response Time, Follow Up Questions, Rebuttal, Re-rebuttal:  Candidates will be allowed 60 seconds to answer each question, 30 seconds for rebuttal.  (Stage manager will hold up cards indicating 15 sec, 5 sec, and time up)   For production and timing purposes, the moderator may choose to break up longer rounds with questions requiring short answers.

Props, Notes:  Candidates may not use visual aids, charts, prepared notes, or electronic devices on the set.

Pads, Pen:  Candidates will be provided with a blank pad of paper and pen at their podiums for the purpose of making notes during the Debate.

Closing Statement:  Candidates may make a 60 second closing statement.

The debate will take place at:  WABC Studio, 7 Lincoln Square (149 Columbus Avenue), Manhattan.

Oh, and if you have anything you want to comment on to the Campaign Finance Board in advance (like, say, why there is not at least one woman reporter as a panelist), here is contact information:

NYC Campaign Finance Board:  email:  AKonstam-at-nyccfb.info; 40 Rector Street, 7th floor, NYC 10006; phone # 212/306-7100.

WABC here : eyewitness.news-at-abc.com  or WABC-TV, 7 Lincoln Square, NY, NY 10003; phone # 212/456-7000.

NY Daily News: Insiders Say Term Limits, Supporter Apathy Could Damage Mayor Bloomberg’s Chances of Reelection

Adam Lisberg, The New York Daily News City Hall Bureau Chief, has an interesting article, “Insiders say term limits, supporter apathy could damage Mayor Bloomberg’s chances of reelection,”in today’s paper.

From the article:

Mayor Bloomberg’s campaign may look unbeatable – but some insiders see troubling signs that he could be tossed out of City Hall.

They fear lingering voter anger about term limits, low-turnout primaries, passionate anti-Bloomberg Democrats and complacent Bloomberg supporters could combine to create the biggest political upset of a generation.

“I’d be worried,” said one of the mayor’s prominent backers, who fears moderate pro-Bloomberg voters won’t bother voting Nov. 3 if they assume the mayor will win.

“If you’re just a voter who kind of likes Bloomberg, you don’t come out,” this backer said. “If you hate Bloomberg . . . you come out.”

The prospect of loss may seem laughable to New Yorkers who have been bombarded with ads and mailers from Bloomberg’s $64.8 million campaign.

And then this:

“You don’t have hundreds of thousands of people who think Bloomberg is next to God,” said one of his [candidate Bill Thompson’s] Democratic backers. “You have thousands of people who just hate this man.”

Read more here.

First NYC Mayoral Debate between Michael Bloomberg and William Thompson Tonite Live on NY1 * Plus A Video To See

The first NYC Mayoral Debate between Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-Independent-turned-‘whoever will support me (and I can throw some money at), I’ll be their-candidate’ Michael Bloomberg and Democratic Party candidate William Thompson will occur tonite, Tuesday, October 13th.  It will last only one hour from 7 to 8 p.m. and will be broadcast LIVE on NY1 from El Museo Del Barrio in East Harlem.

Here is a video worth watching from Stop Mayor Bloomberg with some incredible quotes from President Obama and David Letterman (and Jackie Mason!) about Mayor Mike.  The background music to the video is Carly Simon‘s song “You’re So Vain.”

At NY1.com, they write:

For City Comptroller Bill Thompson, Tuesday night’s debate on NY1 could prove to be a turning point. A chance to win over voters and push back against the mayor’s formidable campaign operation fueled, so far, by $65 million in spending. It’s also a chance for him to highlight what he says are the differences between himself and the incumbent.

If you look at the last eight years, there has been a focus on big developments and big developers and Wall Street and wealthy New Yorkers,” Thompson said. “I see New York City as being more focused on middle class New Yorkers and working New Yorkers and poor families.”

The mayor, meanwhile, kept his cards close to his vest on Monday.

“Tomorrow night will be an opportunity for my opponent and I to say what we’ve done and what we would do,” Bloomberg said.

When asked about what could be filed under the “what we would do” category, Bloomberg on Monday pointed to the issue of taxes.

“I think that we can get through the next fiscal year without any tax increases in the city,” Bloomberg said.

(Really he’ll say anything that he thinks will attract people to vote for him.  And it’s fascinating – and disturbing – how Mike Bloomberg acts like he has not been Mayor for the last 8 years.  For example, NOW he has plans to improve the subways?)

The election will take place Tuesday, November 3rdPlease vote! (And NOT for Michael Bloomberg!)

Previous WSP Blog posts on Mayor Bloomberg:

* Why Mayor Bloomberg wants Redesign of Washington Square Park/NYC

* The Blanding of New York City: Why It’s Time for Mayor Mike to Go