The New York Daily News Seems Pretty Worried About This De Blasio Thing

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Democratic candidate for New York City mayor Bill de Blasio takes part in an immigration reform event on October 23, 2013 in New York City. De Blasio spoke in favor of comprehensive immigration reform at a campaign event held on the steps of City Hall. He is leading Republican challenger Joe Lhota in the polls ahead of the November 5 vote.
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In keeping with this year's New York newspaper trend of tepid endorsements, the New York Daily News technically supported Bill de Blasio's mayoral campaign in a piece published today. However, the paper's editorial board noted that it did so "with worrying reservations and strong prescriptions for the candidate." Those recommendations include "[trading] ideology for pragmatism starting on day one," "[acting] on the tough issues that he smiled past," and "[rethinking] ill-considered stances." Basically, they’d really like it if the liberal late-riser from Brooklyn were less like himself and more like someone with the "dynamism to extend Ray Kelly’s record of anti-crime strategizing." At one time, that might have been Joe Lhota, but since it’s not looking good for the Bronx-born Republican rival, they’ll deign to go with de Blasio, alright? Now, kindly move that gun away.