Only two weeks before the potential runoff between Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and former Comptroller and 2009 Democratic candidate Bill Thompson, the race came to a quiet ending engineered by the state’s most powerful Democrat, Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
“I am proud to stand here today and support Bill de Blasio to be the next mayor of the city of New York,” Thompson said on the steps of City Hall Tuesday morning, officially ending his campaign.
De Blasio also got the Queens-born governor’s endorsement at the City Hall event. Cuomo said the Democratic nominee would “lead this city in the great progressive Democratic traditions that made this the greatest city on the planet.”
Thompson’s concession came as the city Board of Elections began recanvassing the vote from last Tuesday and counting paper ballots. During the morning on Monday, the canvassing led to an increase in de Blasio’s lead and at the time Thompson conceded, de Blasio was at 40.5 percent, over the 40 percent required to avoid a runoff.
On Tuesday, Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan), who came in third in the primary, also endorsed de Blasio.
“It is time for Democrats throughout our city to put aside their differences and fight together for the progressive values we all share,” Quinn said in her endorsement.
Quinn and de Blasio have a long, often contentious political relationship that goes back to 2005, when she and then-Councilman de Blasio battled it out for speaker, a race Quinn ultimately won.
As the party unified behind de Blasio this week, several Queens elected officials also got behind him, including Council members Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) and Donovan Richards (D-Rosedale) and Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) and Assembly members Nily Rozic (D-Fresh Meadows), Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) and Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park). In a press release sent out Friday, de Blasio included an endorsement of Assemblyman Mike Simanowitz (D-Kew Gardens Hills), but on Twitter, Simanowitz said he had not endorsed anyone.
The Queens Democratic Party had endorsed Quinn.
Notable Thompson backers, including Reps. Hakeem Jeffires (D-Brooklyn/Queens) and Greg Meeks (D-Jamaica) also endorsed de Blasio this week.