Union launches ad campaign against New York’s Mayor de Blasio

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The Transport Workers Union (TWU) is working hard to let residents of Iowa know just what they think about New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is in the state to raise funds for liberal advocacy groups.

In a series of ads, the union is making clear to residents that de Blasio is not a straight shooter, declaring, “Don’t be fooled by phony Bill.”

In digital, billboard and newspaper ads in the state, the union included a “grotesque caricature of de Blasio as the bogus currency,” according to the New York Post, which says the ads, “call the mayor a fake, who fails to stand up for working-class families.”

According to the Post, the TWU has grievances with de Blasio stemming from several issues. For instance, on de Blasio’s watch, a law was passed which allows bus drivers to be charged criminally if they strike a pedestrian in a crosswalk. They are also unhappy with plans to eliminate horse carriages from Central Park and the city’s lack of financial expenditure for repairs to the failing subway system.

De Blasio’s office responded to the ads via Austin Finan, a mayoral spokesman, who said, “It’s a lame ad and a frivolous waste of hard-working members’ dues. Ignore.”

TWU president John Samuelson says de Blasio’s efforts in Iowa, including speaking at a fundraiser for Progress Iowa on Tuesday, is “phony progressivism” and that de Blasio doesn’t support trade unions.

“This is an all-granola, no-grit brand of phony progressivism and it will not benefit America’s working families,” said Samuelsen. “Mayor de Blasio is very quick to throw his so-called principles in the gutter when it’s politically expedient. He’s a situational progressive, and definitely not an ardent trade union supporter.”

Progress Iowa is a liberal advocacy group. De Blasio’s appearance further fuels speculation that he’s interested in running for president in 2020, as the Iowa caucuses are crucial to presidential campaigns.

According to the Post, a second city union, the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association plans to protest outside his speech on Tuesday.

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