140-Character Campaign: NYC Mayoral Twitter Round-Up
/ September 3, 2013

The NYC Mayoral race is running up to the first tipping point with the primaries. While plenty of outlets (including some of our own alumns) have been covering every detail of the race, we here at NYU Local want to focus on a crucial component of the election — what are our candidates’ Twitters like? Check out a breakdown of some candidates’ 140-character feeds, and retweet as you’d like.


Bill De Blasio:
Bio — “Lucky husband of @Chirlane. Proud public school parent. Public Advocate. Running for mayor to ensure every New Yorker, in every borough, gets a fair shot.”
Stats — @BilldeBlaso: 3,759 tweets, 646 following, 12, 054 followers; @deBlasoNYC:

Bill De Blasio is fighting hard to get votes everywhere, no matter what the polling data says. It reads like a mayor’s twitter: creative at times, good pictures and retweets, even with a touch of correct Spanish to separate himself from El Bloombito. Also, bold strategy at-tagging the wife in the first sentence of the bio.

Christine C. Quinn Bio — “I am the Speaker of the @NYCCouncil and Council Member for the 3rd District // New York, New York Stats — @ChrisCQuinn: 3,666 tweets, 546 followering, 23,427 followers; @Quinn4NYC: 1,906 tweets, 2,538 following, 8,762 followers

With the Democratic race chock full of candidates, it might get hard to distinguish one’s self from the pack. Quinn’s Twitter is trying to get us voters to realize how unique of a person/leader/candidate she is. Look at her crazy pants! Look at this baby she’s holding in Red Hook! Look, she knows NYC has a women’s football team!

Bill Thompson
Bio — Former New York City Comptroller & President of the Board of Education. Proud to run for Mayor of the greatest city in the world! // New York City
Stats — @BillThompsonNYC:  1,313 tweets, 544 following, 10,378 followers

Straightforward and informative. The intern running Bill Thompson’s twitter is good at his/her job.

BONUS: Anthony Weiner

Bio: ”

If you don’t know why this single-letter tweet has 200+ retweets, then we are jealous of your offthegrid lifestyle.


Joe Lhota
Bio — ” I love this City. I love its diversity. I cherish its optimism. I will be the 109th Mayor of the City of New York. // Brooklyn Heights, NYC”
Stats — @JoeLhota: 583 tweets, 66 following, 5,677 followers; @JoeLhota4Mayor: 787 tweets, 121 following, 1,962 followers

The Republican twitters are Internet manifestations of where each candidate thinks they are in this race. Joe Lhota tweets like a frontrunner: thanks supporters, shuns the haters, and goes about his business. He slowly builds cred until after September 10th, when he’ll probably take the Republican nomination.

John Catsimatias
Bio – “Official Twitter account for NYC Mayoral Candidate John Catsimatidis. A New Yorker For All New Yorkers. https://www.facebook.com/JohnCats2013” //New York City
Stats — @JCats2013: 903 tweets, 2,046 following, 3,370 followers

#JCats reminds us exactly what the Internet was made for: talking smack, throwing shade, and cats. Catsimatidis is doing anything and everything to make Lhota look bad. This may or may not include telling everyone Lhota likes murdering kittens. Of course, like many Twitterites, he might have taken it too far, like when he at-tagged the ASPCA, the NY Humane Society, and other animal cruelty shelters.

John McDonald Bio – “Homeless Advocate, Social Entrepreneur, Founder and President of@TheDoeFund // New York, NY” Stats – @GeorgeTMcDonald: 945 tweets, 451 followering, 491 followers; @McDonald4Mayor: 951 tweets, 1,735 following, 1,685 followers

And John McDonald is the middle child, not the longshot, not the front runner. He just sits back and rides the news waves, tweeting about relevant NYC issues and name-dropping like the best of them. We bet he has a TweetDeck alert for when @JCats2013 and @JoeLhota interact, chuckling quietly as he reads them in the dead of night.

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