“It would be a disservice to my supporters, a disservice to Democrats and most of all, a disservice to the people of New York City, who are desperate for new direction after 12 long years,” Thompson said.
“Let me be crystal clear: every single vote should and must be counted. But Bill de Blasio and I want to move our city forward in the same direction.”
Thompson, who early polls indicated as coming in second in the Democratic primaries, initially planned on waiting for all the ballots to be counted before conceding defeat. He had hoped to have secured enough votes to force a runoff, which De Blasio would have avoided with 40 percent of the vote. However, he made the decision to not undermine the Democratic party.
“It can be much harder to step back than to step forward,” said Cuomo, “And it takes a man of substance, it takes a man who really believes in public service and believes in the principles of the Democratic Party, to actually do it and that’s what Bill Thompson is doing today. There is nothing more beautiful than Democratic unity.”
According to the New York Post, however, it was Teacher’s Union head Mike Mulgrew, not Cuomo, who convinced Thompson to throw his lot in with De Blasio. The Teacher’s Union was Thompson’s biggest supporter, contributing an estimated $2.7 million to his campaign. Without union support, Thompson’s ability to stage a runoff are severely diminished.
Thompson retained some choice words for the Board of Elections, however. “We don’t know how many votes I got or even how many votes were cast,” Thompson complained. “We’re talking about tens of thousands of votes. That’s a disgrace. In the greatest city in the world, in the greatest democracy on earth, we ought to be able to count all the votes.”
The Board’s response: Stop whining.