Tuesday, June 6, 2017
BDB now claims he really didn't want OLR honored at parade
From CBS 2:
The mayor, who is running for reelection, was asked repeatedly if he would join Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, Goya Foods, the New York Yankees, AT&T, Coca-Cola, and many others in refusing to participate. Each time, he said he would march.
“I’m going to do everything I would normally do with the parade,” de Blasio said on May 19.
But on Monday, de Blasio said he was just being “diplomatic.”
The mayor claimed he had privately voiced concerns to parade organizers about López Rivera – whose sentence for sedition, armed robbery, and conspiracy to transport explosives was commuted after 36 years by President Barack Obama.
The mayor said to get the parade committee to sever ties with López Rivera, he privately threatened not to march.
“I made it clear to them that I was uncomfortable with the situation and I wanted them to resolve it,” de Blasio said, “but if it wasn’t resolved, I wasn’t going to be comfortable being a part of it.”
The mayor said he didn’t make his efforts public because “sometimes to get something done, you hold your tongue in public.”