The New York Times interviewed the seven NYC mayoral candidates on-camera in a studio and asked banal questions like “What’s your favorite movie?” and “Where would you live if not New York?” (Does anyone want to hear any New Yorker answer these questions?) Five of the seven claimed they can’t imagine living anywhere else: yes, shockingly, the majority of the politicians didn’t answer the question. Democrat Bill de Blasio replied that if forced, San Francisco or Rome or Naples, where his ancestors are from, would do.
Favorite movie? William Thompson Jr (D) and John Catsimatidis (R) both mention Casablanca (yawn), Joseph Lhota (R) loves The Godfather I and II (shrug), John Liu (D) mentioned Troy in a previous interview and received so much backlash he wouldn’t answer this time; Anthony Weiner (D) lionized The Right Stuff because it’s an epic with good actors; Christine Quinn (D) asks how can you not like Dirty Dancing (easily!), and then de Blasio answers: the HBO TV movie Boycott about the 1950s civil rights movement which he found affecting and inspirational.