Mayor de Bill Blasio’s office admitted on Monday that an aide had written a personal series of tweets about his love of the Mets as new poll numbers indicate trouble.
An unusually personal string of messages contemplating fandom and the romance of baseball came from a staffer, the New York Times reported, adding that de Blasio’s press secretary, Karen Hinton, released a statement acknowledging that the posts were ghostwritten.
“The mayor loves baseball,” the statement was quoted in the Times report. “While he has written some of his own tweets, an aide wrote the Sunday night tweets. The mayor indicated he might have written them differently, but they essentially captured his views on the New York Mets, the Red Sox and all things baseball.”
Despite being written in the first person with several authentic typos, the messages, which had earned compliments for their heartfelt tone, were the product of a City Hall staff member who is tasked with running the mayor’s account, the Times claimed.
The mayor’s thoughts earned more retweets and favorites than is typical for his account, the Times added, which usually contains policy announcements and photographs of the mayor.
October 2004. Anxious and frustrated. Sox down and out in the ALCS. Just a faint whiff of hope left hanging in the air.
— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) November 2, 2015
More unwanted press has surrounded the mayor’s office as de Blasio’s policies are suffering from low public approval, theWall Street Journalhas reported. According to aWSJ-NBC4 New York-Maristpoll quoted in the Journal article,registered voters found that an all-time low of 38 percent approved of his performance at City Hall, down from 44 percent in May.
Nearly half of voters — 49 percent — said de Blasio doesn’t deserve re-election, while 42 percent said he does, the Wall Street Journal claimed.
Asked for a response to the survey’s findings, Hinton was quoted in the Journal report: “The truth is, quality of life has rarely been better in NYC. Crime is near historic lows. Jobs are up. The tourist economy is booming. We are building more and more affordable housing. Over 65,000 children are enrolled in pre-K. All on Mayor de Blasio’s watch.”