“Poll Shows de Blasio Maintaining Huge Lead” wrote the New York Times yesterday. The New York City mayoral election takes place on 5 November and the Democratic nominee, Bill de Blasio, looks set to win handsomely. The thing about Bill de Blasio, though, is that he’s not quite what he appears to be. First of all, he’s actually Warren Wilhelm, Jr. He legally changed his name to Warren de Blasio-Wilhelm in 1983, and in 2002 he changed that to Bill de Blasio. In doing so, he traded in his paternal German heritage for his mother’s Italian origins.
In 1988, Warren de Blasio-Wilhelm travelled to Managua to help distribute food and medicine during the Nicaraguan Revolution. He was a fervent supporter of the Sandinista regime and when he returned to the US, the joined a group called the Nicaragua Solidarity Network of Greater New York, which held fundraisers for the Sandinistas. Filled with revolutionary zeal, De Blasio got involved in the 1989 mayoral campaign of the notoriously incompetent David Dinkins and was rewarded for his efforts with a sinecure at City Hall. Since then, he’s devoted his career to climbing the greasy pole of Democratic politics. Incredibly, voters now trust him with creating jobs, reducing the gap between rich and poor and improving education.
Following September’s primary election, Ben McGrath of the New Yorker went along to the de Blasio victory party in Brooklyn and was impressed by what he saw: “His sixteen-year-old son, Dante, has an afro that would have humbled a young Julius Erving, and his wife, Chirlane McCray, is an ex-radical lesbian.” At the end of the evening, “the likely new First Family of New York City engaged in a signature dance that involved licking their palms, slapping them on the floor, and jumping backward with arms raised.”
New Yorkers seem to have forgotten the citywide murder and mayhem, crime and grime that marked the mayoral misrule of Ed Koch and David Dinkins. Otherwise, they wouldn’t consider giving the city’s top job to such a shameless apparatchik of Democratic machine politics. Nicaragua, despite Bill de Blasio’s revolutionary support, is now is the second poorest nation in the Americas, after Haiti.Tweet