Republican mayoral contender Joe Lhota congratulated Bill de Blasio on securing his party’s expected nomination this afternoon and said he’s looking forward to a more mature and vigorous debate.
Lhota said he was ready to go one-on-one against a candidate who has a dramatically different vision for the City of New York.
“My opponent in the primary wanted to talk about me, not talk about what he wanted to do. I think my opponent in the general election really wants to talk about his vision for New York and I want to talk about my vision for New York. And I do think it will be a much more mature debate,” he told reporters at a press availability in Central Park on the Upper East Side.
Mr. Lhota, a socially liberal, fiscally conservative former deputy mayor under Rudy Giuliani, went on describe “a stark difference” between himself and Mr. de Blasio, whose centerpiece proposal is a tax hike on the rich to pay for universal pre-kindergarten.
“I can’t over-emphasize how I’m looking forward to having a vigorous debate about the issues as we move forward,” he said. “We’re going to see different points of view-very divergent different points of view-about the direction that the city wants to go in.”
And he insisted-despite his praise of Mayor Michael Bloomberg-that both candidates are proposing changes to the status quo.
“I think Bill de Blasio’s change is radical. My change is practical. It’s straightforward. It’s to be able to build on what we have done, not tear down what has happened,” he explained, telling reporters the most important change he would implement would be “going out to the communities throughout the entire city of New York and listening to them.”
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