Gov. Andrew Cuomo yesterday scolded New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg for suggesting New York City mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio is running a “racist” campaign.
“I only know what I read, and I only know the comments that were reported. I don’t know what was actually said, what the context was,” Cuomo said in Buffalo. “But the comments that were reported clearly are out of line and have no place in our political discourse. There is a lot of important issues that we should be talking about and addressing, especially in the city of New York.”
Bloomberg was reported saying in New York Magazine that de Blasio is running a “class-warfare and racist” campaign. De Blasio’s wife is black and his son, Dante, has appeared in his ads.
The story was later updated with Bloomberg saying “Well, no, no,” when asked about the racist comment. “I mean he’s making an appeal using his family to gain support.”
Cuomo said maybe Bloomberg’s comment were misconstrued or he was misquoted. Nonetheless, Cuomo said the comments appear to be divisive—saying “E pluribus unum,” the Latin for “out of many, one” and a phrase on the U.S. seal.
“New York state, New York City is part of New York state, we make a statement for the country that we are the capital of diversity and we celebrate diversity,” Cuomo continued. “And we celebrate differences, and we are not intimidated by ethnical and racial differences.”
Cuomo, who hasn’t endorsed in the mayoral race, praised de Blasio’s family, saying he remembered when de Blasio’s kids were born. De Blasio is the frontrunner in the race, polls have shown.
“They are a beautiful family. I think he should be very proud of his family. And if I were Bill I would be campaigning with my family, the way I campaign with my family,” Cuomo said.