Most of these interviews are a few months old now so I have to thank The Brooklyn Game for pointing these out. The New York Daily News interviewed New York City mayoral candidates about a bunch of stuff that doesn’t really matter and one of the questions asked as which team they preferred, the Nets or the Knicks, and the Knicks barely edged them out 5-4.
The Nets fans include Bill de Blasio, Sal Albanese, John Catsimatidis, and Anthony Weiner which is pretty good considering only Weiner was born in Brooklyn and none were born in Jersey. The rest, including Brooklyn’s own Bill Thompson, Christine Quinn, Joe Lhota, Adolfo Carrion, and George McDonald went with the Knicks with John Liu abstaining.
Quinn and Thompson both added that they were excited to see the Nets move to Brooklyn, but frankly I’m surprised they didn’t all say that because we know how politicians will say anything to get people to like them (although being from Brooklyn I’d be willing to give Thompson the benefit of the doubt that he is actually genuinely excited).
Like I said, none of this should really matter when it comes to the candidates getting a vote. Their specific views of how Forest City Ratner is handling the Atlantic Yards Project is much more important. Among the candidates, John Liu has been the most vocally opposed and perhaps that’s why he refrained from answering the question in the first place.