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“So inappropriate to use children in political campaigns,” says Abby Huntsman

The Daily Edge

 

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Debate continues to rage over Mayor Bloomberg’s criticism of New York City mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio. On Saturday, Bloomberg alleged that the Democratic candidate was running a “racist” campaign because of the way he is featuring his African-American wife and their biracial children in his campaign.

Media observers, however, were split on the controversy.

“It’s so inappropriate for a candidate to use his children in a political campaign,” said Abby Huntsman, co-host on MSNBC’s The Cycle.

But Meghan McCain, a columnist for The Daily Beast, disagreed: “I just don’t see a problem with it,” she said. Chelsea Clinton, a special correspondent for NBC News, said it “seemed reasonable enough” to include a politician’s family members in his campaign materials.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he did not wish to weigh in on the controversy, but added “you could always ask my brother Chris over at ABC News.”

President Obama had no comment, although the White House did confirm that Obama has historically featured the child of an inter-racial marriage in all of his commercials.

Full story: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/07/michael-bloomberg-bill-de-blasio_n_3886338.html

Additional coverage of the New York City mayoral race on Wink Progress: http://thedailyedge.net/news/nyc-mayoral-race/

 


Comments (5)

  1. mack K says:

    Why not? It sure seems to help their children’s future careers! Look at all the politicians kids who commented on it for this piece.

  2. I think it is perfectly fine. People relate to people within the visual context. People associate the product with the human being. We have brothers, sisters, moms and dads, grandparents, friends and many other family outside of family who stand to remind us of someone. Children represent innocence and forth righteousness. Politicians are people with families.

  3. Aggie L says:

    Good for the girls! Bloomberg is starting to look small. Oh, wait…

  4. Terri says:

    Is the man supposed to hire Caucasians to portray his wife and son? He’s not my candidate but really, it is outrageous to suggest he should leave his family out.

  5. Carl says:

    “New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he did not wish to weigh in on the controversy, but added “you could always ask my brother Chris over at ABC News.””

    I get the joke that all these major political figures have family members who are prominent in the news industry, but Chris Cuomo hasn’t worked at ABC for several months. He’s been on CNN for most of the year.

    Unless is joke that Andrew Cuomo doesn’t give a shit about his brother or something and therefore couldn’t tell you what news agency he works for, in which case it should probably be elaborated on a bit more.

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