By Errol Louis
Mayor de Blasio, for whatever reason, has publicly decided to play the role of, literally, a limousine liberal. On the one hand, he insists on taking chauffeured SUV on an 11-mile trek from Gracie Mansion to his favorite YMCA in Brooklyn during the morning rush hour; at the same time, he lectures the other 8 million of us about the need to change our daily habits to be more sensitive to the environment.
At least one of de Blasio’s long-shot challengers, fellow Democrat Sal Albanese, has wrapped the epithet around the mayor’s neck, no doubt mindful that the actual phrase “limousine liberal” originated in the 1969 race for City Hall, when another tall, left-leaning incumbent mayor — John Lindsay — faced a tough re-election battle.
Lindsay’s Democratic challenger, then-City Controller Mario Procaccino, channeled the resentments of a working class fed up with being excluded and insulted by what Procaccino called “the Manhattan arrangement,” a cozy constellation of business elites, university intellectuals and media titans with interlocking business, school and family relationships.
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Source: The New York Daily News (via The Empire Report)