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.
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