Mayor Bloomberg took a dim view yesterday of Democrats' plans to film their own commemorative Sept. 11 commercial, implying it was a way of politicizing the solemn anniversary.
"One of the things that I tried very hard to do in the ceremonies for 9/11 is to keep politics out of it," said Bloomberg, a Democrat-turned-Republican. "I don't think it's an appropriate time for politics, and I would prefer that it stays that way."
With an eye on Republican Gov. Pataki's grip on official commemorations of the terror attacks, the state Democratic Party on Tuesday announced plans to film a 30-second spot to air Sept. 10 and Sept. 12.
The ad would feature top Democrats, such as gubernatorial rivals Andrew Cuomo and Carl McCall, reading from the Gettysburg Address - just as Pataki will do on Sept. 11.
Democratic Party spokeswoman Serena Torrey said nothing is final, but the party plans "to move ahead." Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) has said she will not participate.
Speaking in East Harlem, Cuomo said he wants to help the party, but the ad "has to be tasteful."
McCall spokesman Steven Greenberg said, "We are talking to the folks at the state party ... and we are considering it."
Michael Saul and Celeste Katz, New York Daily News - August 14, 2002
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