Good factor this was a digital debate!
New York City’s Republican mayoral hopefuls went straight for the jugular throughout their first official debate on Wednesday evening — hurling verbal jabs and taking swipes at one another’s data in what appeared extra like an oral boxing match.
Right from the opening bell, Fernando Mateo, an advocate for taxi drivers and bodega homeowners, took goal at his opponent, Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa, accusing him of not having the purple bona fides to run on the GOP line.
“Today were going to take the mask off his face and show every Republican who the true Republican is,” Mateo stated throughout his opening assertion on the Spectrum News NY1-hosted debate.
He additionally blamed Sliwa for bail reform and the motion to defund the NYPD, with out going into particulars.
Sliwa then hit at Mateo for blaming legislation enforcement for the closure of his restaurant on the Hudson River waterfront, La Marina, which filed for bankruptcy in 2019 over large debt — and following the drug arrest of a supervisor.
“You were running a criminal enterprise,” Sliwa charged. “All of the sudden you discover you have love for the police.”
During a phase on policing, Sliwa snapped that Mateo “hasn’t ridden the subway” and wouldn’t know learn how to resolve mayhem within the metropolis’s transit system.
“Curtis is a comedian he’s a wannabe actor, he’s a wannabe phony actor who’s lied his entire career to get attention,” Mateo lashed again.
“You should be a train conductor,” Mateo joked, after Sliwa touted his efforts to take care of subway crime.
“It’s not my fault that I can afford to take a cab,” Mateo stated.
Host Errol Louis stepped in repeatedly to cease the squabbling.
Sliwa barked: “Fernando you have associated with organized crime,” apparently referring to the La Marina scandal.
Host Errol Louis then stepped in to cease the squabbling.
But spherical two was simply as heated, with Sliwa attacking Mateo over his ties to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s pay-to-play fundraising scandal.
He even held up a picture of his opponent laughing subsequent to the mayor, prompting Louis to chide, “no props.”
“I think his red beret is too tight on him,” Mateo quipped, a reference to the Guardian Angels’ iconic hats.
Mateo admitted to The Post in 2016 that he raised marketing campaign money for de Blasio, a Democrat, and funneled it by means of an unemployed Brooklyn girl in what appeared like a straw donor scheme. He was by no means charged with wrongdoing.
Both candidates have been requested in the event that they imagine that former President Donald Trump was truly the victor within the 2020 election. Sliwa stated no.
Mateo stated sure, and bragged that he as soon as spoke on the Republican National Convention, whereas saying that Sliwa “never voted for Trump.”
Asked in regards to the coronavirus shutdown, Sliwa stated he needs to “refund the police” and rent extra cops, including that secure streets and subways would carry again jobs. He additionally stated he needs to “completely open up” nightlife.
Mateo, in the meantime, stated he’d need to give a 10-percent tax break to small companies. He additionally slammed Gov. Andrew Cuomo, accusing him of being “slow to react” and never following the science when it got here to the pandemic.
The two then obtained into one more shouting match, with Mateo making fun of Sliwa for his animal-advocacy platform — and the dozen adopted cats he homes in his Upper West Side studio.
“Curtis Sliwa is a Guardian Angel. He should be a train conductor. He’s not a Republican,” Mateo stated.
Sliwa admitted that he turned a Republican right earlier than the lockdown in March 2020, and that he has had a “love hate relationship” with Trump going again 30 years.
Louis finally needed to mute the pair.
But the opponents ended up having a lot extra in widespread than they appeared to comprehend, as they agreed on practically all of the matters within the lighting spherical, together with not requiring public faculty college students to put on masks, desirous to eradicate velocity cameras — and each liking the musical “Jersey Boys.”