Bill de Blasio Once Fought for Transcendental Meditation, Against Parking Tickets

Democratic mayoral front-runner Bill de Blasio attends a "rally for progressive change" where he received endorsements from more than 25 progressive leaders and organizations on September 12, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Bill Thompson, who came in second in the Democratic primary, has so far refused to concede to de Blasio until it is confirmed by the election board that de Blasio got 40 percent of the vote.
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A deep-dive by the Village Voice into Bill de Blasio's (incomplete, hard to find) archive of City Council papers reveals a man who battled for what he believed in, even on the smallest levels. "I recognize that double parking is illegal, however, as you know, double parking during street cleaning has long been an accepted practice in New York City," De Blasio wrote to the Parking Violations Bureau in support of a constituent. (Later, however, he spoke out against the practice of ticket fixing amid the NYPD scandal.)

More in line with the liberal dream of De Blasio, he also wrote to schools chancellor Joel Klein with a hippie idea: "to extol the virtues of transcendental meditation" for kids. According to the mayoral favorite, "The technique is strictly a mechanical, natural procedure that allows the mind and body to settle down to a deep state of rest." It's like prayer in schools, but for democratic socialists.