Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Bill Thompson’s decision to concede in the New York City mayoral race was Thompson’s own, calling it a “personal decision.”
Thompson conceded this morning to Democratic frontrunner Bill de Blasio, a former Cuomo aide at HUD. Cuomo is believed to have brokered the deal to have Thompson pack it in.
“I happen to think it was the right decision,” Cuomo told reporters after standing with Thompson and de Blasio at City Hall. “These are very personal decisions. And it was Bill Thompson’s own decision. I applaud it, and I think it was the right one.”
Cuomo added, “I’ve been there myself.”
Cuomo ran a divisive primary in 2002 for the Democratic nomination for governor against Carl McCall, the state comptroller at the time and the first black candidate for governor. Cuomo dropped out just a few days before the primary.
Cuomo said he will put his support behind de Blasio, who will face Republican candidate Joe Lhota in November. Lhota is a former aide to Cuomo too; he was head of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
“I’ve worked with him. He is a great professional,” Cuomo said of Lhota.
But Cuomo said de Blasio “will do a superb job. I’ve had a long experience with Bill. I’ve watched him personally grow. I know what he believes. I know his agenda, and I think he will work very well for the city of New York.”