Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has spent years trying to perfect his Spanish. He bucked Republican allies to endorse immigration reform. And he has created a package of small-business services called the Latino Business Initiative.
He has been rewarded with dozens of endorsements from ethnic news organizations.
But on Thursday, the city’s biggest and most influential Spanish-language newspaper sent a different message: “adiós.”
In a front-page editorial, it endorsed his opponent, Comptroller William C. Thompson Jr., with a withering indictment of Mr. Bloomberg’s eight years in office.
The editorial, in El Diario La Prensa, compared Mr. Bloomberg to Hugo Chávez, the Venezuelan president, for his all-out campaign to upend the term limits law so he could seek a third term.
At least Mr. Chávez, it said, held a referendum to extend his time in power. “New Yorkers were not even given that chance,” the editorial said. It called Mr. Bloomberg’s term limits maneuver “not simply slick scheming” but “a gross abuse of power.”
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