A top campaign strategist for Michael Bloomberg accused two Democratic rivals Monday of being "jealous" of the mayor's large wallet and record.
Bill Cunningham, a campaign spokesman for Bloomberg, lashed out at Fernando Ferrer and Rep. Anthony Weiner after both made critical remarks about the mayor.
Asked at a news conference about the billionaire mayor's plans to spend tens of millions on his re-election campaign, Ferrer attacked Bloomberg's record spending in 2001.
"The mayor spent $74 million in 2001 to get himself elected and when all of you asked him why, he said he needed to let New Yorkers know who he is," Ferrer said. "My guess is he will spend much, much more than that in 2005 in an effort to get New Yorkers to forget who he's been in the last 31/2 years."
Later, Weiner took stabs, with large does of sarcasm, at the mayor's record during an endorsement on the City Hall steps.
"If you think things are good enough, if you believe it when Mike Bloomberg dislocates his shoulder patting himself on the back, if you think New York is growing all it can, if you think we've got all the success we can, I'm not your candidate," Weiner said.
Cunningham said both men can't seem to talk about the mayor without making "snide and demeaning" comments.
"He made that money, he doesn't take it from any special interests, he doesn't take it from landlords, he doesn't take it from people who have contracts with the city," he said.
He concluded by saying "they are jealous."
Ferrer made his comments after he was endorsed by Assemb. Adriano Espaillat and Assemb. Jose Peralta. Councilman Miguel Martinez issued a written endorsement.
Both Espaillat and Peralta lauded Ferrer's record as Bronx borough president and said he would be more sympathetic to immigrant issues, the housing shortage and health care.
"The city that I see today is a city where tenants are being priced out, where seniors have to decide whether to buy a prescription drug or pay their rent," Espaillat said.
Both men cited their Dominican Republic heritage and the growing number of immigrants from that country living in New York as important to the election outcome.
Weiner was endorsed by the 45,000-member Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union on the steps at City Hall.
Stuart Appelbaum, president of the union, cited Weiner's push to keep Wal-Mart out of Rego Park and his advocacy to win a fair contract for Duane Reade workers.
Meanwhile, Democracy for NYC, a political action committee with ties to Democracy for America, voted to endorse City Council Speaker Gifford Miller.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun