From the NY Post:
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is making improbable friends in an industry that's far removed from his progressive politics: real estate.
"Bill's going to be on the other side of almost every issue, but he'll listen to you," said an official with one of the city's most prominent developers.
Even de Blasio's close ties to municipal unions and the Working Families Party haven't dissuaded developers who tend to be wary of both.
Many developers are up for grabs in the 2013 mayoral race because of the demise of Rep. Anthony Weiner, considered the front-runner until he was done in by a sloppy Twitter tap that exposed more of his briefs than beliefs.
"Weiner was getting a lot of real-estate money," said one insider. "They're now trying to figure out where to go."
Hooking up with well-heeled donors in the real-estate world would help de Blasio stake out fresh political ground while collecting some large campaign checks.
How can you trust a guy who doesn't even use his own real name? Warren Wilhelm, Jr. apparently wasn't ethnic-sounding enough...