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De Blasio looks to link Malliotakis to Trump

July 5, 2017 By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Daily Eagle
President Donald Trump, waving as he boards Air Force One with first lady Melania Trump for a trip to Poland and Germany on Wednesday, is now being brought into the race for mayor of New York City. AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Donald Trump’s name is not on the ballot in the New York City mayoral race, but Mayor Bill de Blasio appears to be trying to bring the president into the fray. In a recent fundraising letter sent out to supporters, Rick Fromberg, de Blasio’s campaign manager, brings up Trump’s name in an apparent attempt to tie presumptive Republican mayoral candidate Nicole Malliotakis to the unpopular president.

“Remember how shortly after his election, President Trump called up the chairman of the New York Republican Party and gave him the directive to beat Bill de Blasio? Well, it’s looking increasingly like they’ve found their candidate for the job. Her name is Nicole Malliotakis, a state Assembly member who has been a supporter of Donald Trump even before he was elected president,” Fromberg wrote in his letter seeking donations for de Blasio’s re-election campaign.

Fromberg was referring to New York State Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox.

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Malliotakis and Trump think alike, according to Fromberg. “But more importantly, on issue after issue, especially ones concerning immigrant families and children, there is no daylight between her and Trump,” he wrote. “Here’s the truth: we are not taking anything for granted. Because the thought of President Trump and Nicole Malliotakis running the largest and most diverse city in America should inspire us all to act to ensure it never happens.”

Trump’s approval rating as of July 5 stood at a paltry 39.2 percent nationwide, according to fivethirtyeight.com, which looked at the most recent results of five polls and took the average.

Malliotakis (R-C-Bay Ridge-Staten Island) immediately hit back at the attempts to tie her to Trump, issuing a statement accusing de Blasio of using scare tactics.

“He also knows that I was the New York state chair of Sen. Marco Rubio’s campaign for president so his efforts to paint me as an ally of Donald Trump borders on the ridiculous,” Mallitotakis said in her statement.

She noted that in addition to the first fundraising letter, Fromberg sent out another letter on Sunday dealing with immigration issues.

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“And what we need to do is send a powerful message, right out of the gate, that we will never allow her to turn the NYPD into Donald Trump’s personal deportation force,” Malliotakis quoted Fromberg as writing.

It is sad and unfortunate that Bill de Blasio and his campaign use scare tactics in a cynical attempt to raise campaign cash and have now dragged the NYPD into their tall tale. Bill de Blasio knows that I’m a daughter of immigrants and that I support a path to citizenship for those who also desire to reach the American Dream,” Malliotakis stated.

“What the de Blasio campaign leaves out of its appeal is the fact that he has taken a sanctuary policy this city has had in effect for decades and expanded it to protect those undocumented immigrants who prey on other immigrants and citizens by committing crimes such as grand larceny, sex abuse, or patronizing a child for prostitution.  With our transit system in crisis, our streets and roads clogged with traffic and an education system that’s failing our children, it’s about time that Bill de Blasio stopped waging ideological war and got back to a mayor’s traditional job: managing New York City,” Malliotakis said.

Malliotakis became the presumptive GOP nominee for mayor after her rival, real estate tycoon Paul Massey, dropped out of the race last week.

Democratic Mayor de Blasio is running for his second term in office.

 


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