I always secretly hope that one day, at a campaign after party, there's going to be volumes of champagne bottles that all the staffers spray on the winning candidate. Or at least, have the press liaison and the chief of staff dump a container of Gatorade on the candidate after a victory. That didn't happen at the David Yassky party Tuesday night. There was champagne available at BLVD (199 Bowery Street) in Soho, but it would cost you. I got over there at 9 PM just in time for the first few results to start trickling in and to watch Assemblywoman Joan Millman get deep-cavity searched by BLVD security (kidding, she kept her outside food at home).
"I've been on vacation... at David Yassky's campaign office," says Evan.
David thanked his supporters, family and hard working staffers while kicking into his concession speech... John Liu earned a well-deserved victory and I’m sure he will be a terrific Comptroller for the city of New York. There is still a vision of government that I believe in deeply, that you all believe in deeply, and truly tens of thousands of New Yorkers share and that vision has animated all of you tonight. David spent just over $4,000,000 on his bid to be City Comptroller, lost by 12 points, and received 7,000 votes less than he received two weeks ago during the Primary.
Did you know that Jon and Dan are members of a barbershop quartet with David and Eric Gioia? Their name? The Four Horsemen of the Baroque-lypse.
Thirsty for champagne, I decided to make a quick stop at the Bill De Blasio after party at Union Bar. It was on my way home. I should have gotten there sooner. I had been getting texts all night that the place was elbow to elbow crowded. Marty Markowitz, Scott Stringer, Brian Kavanaugh, Dan Squadron, Joan Millman, Betsy Gotbaum, Erik Dilan, Bill Thompson, Jumaane Williams, and Gail Brewer all stopped by at one point.
Don't stop Beeeeeelievin' Bill De Blasio. Congratulations.