NEW YORK (AP) — Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) captured the Democratic nomination for New York City mayor by presenting himself as the cleanest break from the reign of three-term incumbent Michael Bloomberg.
But should de Blasio triumph over Republican Joe Lhota (LOH'-tuh) in November, the change at City Hall may not be as dramatic as he contends.
He is far from a political outsider, having worked for former Mayor David Dinkins and the Clintons.
And while he and Bloomberg have some strong disagreements, he largely supports the mayor's sweeping health reforms and pro-development policies. Most notably, he backed the Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn, which created a new arena for the Brooklyn Nets.
But one pundit feels that de Blasio's status as a progressive isn't compromised just because he's worked for political insiders.