Embattled Mayor Bill de Blasio Takes Aim at Chick-fil-A
But Mayor de Blasio et al. did not get the memo, apparently. They are either still stuck in 2012, or are perhaps deploying President Obama's deceptive tactic of "stray voltage" to take the heat off the mayor as numerous investigations swirl around him.
"Stray Voltage" is the brainchild of former White House senior adviser David Plouffe, Major Garrett explained in National Journal two years ago.
The theory goes like this: Controversy sparks attention, attention provokes conversation, and conversation embeds previously unknown or marginalized ideas in the public consciousness. This happens, Plouffe theorizes, even when–and sometimes especially when–the White House appears defensive, besieged, or off-guard.
It's basically a way for leftists to continue their assault on traditional values, while drawing attention away from their own corruption and/or criminality. Mr. de Blasio apparently "plays fast and loose" with campaign finance regulations. He's in trouble with the city's Conflicts of Interest Board for soliciting donations from entities that have matters “pending or about to be pending” before the city.
Via the New York Observer:
There’s the investigation into his State Senate fundraising—subject of a leaked state Board of Elections memo and several subpoenas. There’s the investigation into corruption at the NYPD, where officers accepted gifts from two business who also donated handsomely to Mr. de Blasio. Then there’s the look into Rivington House, a former AIDS hospice where the city lifted a deed restriction that will ultimately allow for the development of lucrative condos at the site, where developers were at times represented by a lobbyist tight with Mr. de Blasio. And there’s also inquiries into Mr. de Blasio’s non-profit, the Campaign For One New York, and whether donors got favors from City Hall.
According to Politico New York, a whopping "62 percent of donors had business or labor contracts before the city, or were trying to get a project approved."
While de Blasio would not offer an explanation for how accepting donations squared with COIB rules, he does have a lot to say about how New Yorkers should treat the nation's largest chicken fast-food chain.
A Chick-fil-A rep responded to the mayor's attempt to drum up controversy by simply stating that the company's policy is "to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect — regardless of their beliefs, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender."