Dave Rice 7:20 a.m., May 24
Chargers' Mark Fabiani Gives Big to New York Critic of Billionaire Mayor Bloomberg
After New York City's billionaire mayor Mike Bloomberg jumped the continent yesterday to endorse former GOP, now independent, Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, we wondered if any San Diegans had deigned to return the favor and play in the sandbox of Big Apple politics.
Turns out one has, but not in a way Bloomberg would like.
La Jolla-based Mark Fabiani, the so-called master of disaster who used to work for Bill Clinton and Al Gore and now plies his trade not only for the Chargers but a host of other well-heeled but troubled clients including rock star Madonna and cyclist Lance Armstrong, backs Bloomberg critic Bill de Blasio.
According to data posted online by the New York City Campaign Finance Board, Fabiani has given a total of $4,000 over the past decade, including $2,000 last July, to de Blasio, a former Brooklyn city councilman who was elected New York's Public Advocate in November 2009.
As New York's Public Advocate, the city's second highest elected position, de Blasio, manager of Hillary Clinton's successful U.S. Senate campaign in 2000, is next in line to become New York City's mayor if Bloomberg were ever to become incapacitated or died, according to de Blasio's proflie in the New York Times.
In his role as public advocate, de Blasio has been no friend to Bloomberg, accusing the former Republican (now self-proclaimed independent) of a host of failures, including many regarding his education and homeless policies.
De Blasio is especially critical of Bloomberg's controversial "Stop and Frisk" police tactics.
Those have emerged as a major issue in New York's 2013 mayor's race, which de Blasio is expected to enter.
“We can’t have the social fabric continuing to be torn,” de Blasio told the Times.
According to the newspaper's account, de Blasio added that "the high number of stops, particularly among young black and Latino residents, has made many New Yorkers uncomfortable and distrustful of the police officers who patrol their neighborhoods."
Bloomberg's camp soon fired back:
"When Bill de Blasio last served in the city’s executive branch, there were 2,000 murders a year,” Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson told the Times last month.
“Mr. de Blasio may be nostalgic for the days when the A.C.L.U. set crime policy in this city, but most New Yorkers don’t want rampant crime to return.”