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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

On Wednesday, April 26, during the Republican candidate forum for New York City mayor, possible front runner Bo Dietl made some comments that could potentially cost him the race.

Dietl compared the judge who blocked him from running this year in the Democratic mayoral primary citing a paperwork error, to Mayor de Blasio’s wife. His remark is being called racist, because both Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Debra James and the mayor’s wife Chirlane McCray are black. 

At the event, Dietl said, “I checked two boxes, because I wanted to run as an independent and a Democrat, but I always wanted that independent line. You know what happened? They threw me off. And you know what happened? I went to Supreme Court, and de Blasio had three lawyers there, and the judge wouldn’t even hear the defense. And you know what they said to me? They said to me, ‘You are a man with no party.’ That just got me – this is just de Blasio’s tentacles reaching – first of all, the judge looked like Chirlane de Blasio, and as soon as I saw her – as soon as I saw her – I knew I had a problem. She wouldn’t let me talk.”

Now many Republicans are calling on Dietl to withdraw from the race, as he defends himself saying it was merely a joke.

Everyone knows Dietl has a “shoot-from-the-hip style,” but all the papers’ are asking if he now has shot himself in the foot. 

On Friday, April 29, during a press conference, Dietl explained that nothing about his comment was racist and there was no mal intent. 

Dietl said, “My thought was it looked like the mayor’s wife and I said maybe the mayor put his wife in there to make a judgment against me. I was kidding. You know what kidding is? In my mind I said to myself, ‘Wait a second she looks just like the mayor’s wife. She looks just like her.’ So where is the racist part in that? I don’t understand. She has the same smile, same eyes.”

He added, “There was nothing racial nor was there any racial offense intended.” 

1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon reported that Dietl doesn’t really feel there is anyone to apologize to.

Dietl said, “What would I apologize for Ms. McCray because she looks similar to the other lady, the judge? If they want me to apologize? If she really was affected? She doesn’t want to look like the judge? They’re both beautiful women.” 

The New York Post and Daily News both published editorials on Friday April 29, that called on Dietl to pull out of the race. 

Dietl response to both papers with even more determination, vowing to do whatever necessary to be in the race, even run as a third-party candidate. 

He said, “I am running for mayor, and I’m sorry New York Post and The New York Daily News, whoever doesn’t want to endorse me. I’ve got to let people know, all the people out there, I am running for mayor. I will be there in November.”

By Rebecca Gold