NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mayoral front-runner Bill de Blasio found himself on the defensive Monday, after his Republican rival Joe Lhota attacked him for supporting Nicaragua’s former Sandinista government and honeymooning in Cuba.
On Monday, The New York Times published an article detailing de Blasio’s activist work in Nicaragua in the 1980s. He visited the country to help the poor during a civil war and grew to admire the ruling Sandinistas, whom the Reagan administration denounced as tyrannical and Communist, the article said. It also mentioned that the Democratic mayoral nominee and his wife, Chirlane McCray, visited Cuba on their 1994 honeymoon, which violated a U.S. travel ban.
Lhota, a former deputy mayor and ex-MTA chief, and de Blasio, the city’s public advocate, both attended a rally Monday near United Nations headquarters in Manhattan where they agreed that the U.N. should pressure Iran to end its nuclear program.