For those who like to collect stories of Mayor Mike being a dick, here's a pretty good one from Chirlane McCray: She remembers going to a reception [at Gracie Mansion] in 2006 for council members and spouses. Chiara de Blasio—now 18 and a sophomore at a college in Northern California—had just begun middle school, and Bloomberg’s Department of Education had instituted a ban on student cell phones. McCray approached the mayor. “I said, ‘Mayor Bloomberg, you are my hero! Because you instituted the smoking ban, which is so important and has done so much for people who have respiratory problems in this city and for our children. I want [...]
BALK: Choire, will you do something telling us whether the McCray/de Blasios are secret geniuses or, uh, other?
CHOIRE: Haha fuck if I know. Omg we might be so fuckkkkked. But it'll be fun! We're going to have an amateur government! What's freaking you out?
BALK: It started with the suicide Dad thing. Like, "I had never even told Dante." It did not occur to you that once you won the nomination this kind of thing was going to come out? I do not enjoy being put in the position, BEFORE THE GUY HAS EVEN BEEN ELECTED, of having to hope he was lying to us because [...]