In Borough Park yesterday, it was Giuliani Time! Former mayor Rudy Giuliani campaigned on behalf of Mayor Bloomberg and struck an ominous note at the Jewish Community Council breakfast, "I worry daily that the city might be turned back to the way it was, to the way it was before 1993. And you know exactly what I’m talking about."
Of course they did! Given that Giuliani also said, "This city could very easily be taken back in a very different direction — it could very easily be taken back to the way it was with the wrong political leadership," the Post reports that Public Advocate candidate Bill de Blasio—a former David Dinkins staffer— said Rudy's words were "'veiled race baiting' for suggesting a black mayor wouldn't be tough on crime." de Blasio said, "If Giuliani is using an openly divisive tactic, Bloomberg has to disavow it." Here's video from PolitickerNY (there's also City Councilman Simcha Felder talking about being mugged for five cents):
Mayoral challenger Comptroller Bill Thompson's campaign told the NY Times, "This is a tired Republican campaign tactic — scare people into voting by threatening their personal safety. It didn’t work for Rudy Giuliani during his abysmal presidential bid, and it’s not going to work for Mike Bloomberg this year. Bill Thompson is committed to public safety, not manipulating people and inciting unnecessary public fear."