Joe Lhota Goes to Bat for De Blasio’s ‘Hippy’ Kids

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Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota, former CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, speaks to the media after voting in the New York City mayoral primary on September 10, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Lhota is running against businessman John Catsimatidis on the Republican side.
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"I actually want to applaud the family of Bill de Blasio. What a great family he has and the great children that he has. And I think we should all celebrate his marriage." — Joe Lhota during a call-in town hall, in which a caller said of De Blasio's son Dante and daughter Chiara, "We’re going to have two hippies in the mayor’s office. It’s sickening."