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Dante de Blasio Returns as His Father's Secret Weapon

“It’s a very different dynamic when Dante himself can point to his own experience with police and situations that have happened that much more than rationalize the conversation,” said Neal Kwatra, a Democratic operative with previous ties to de Blasio.

Dante recounting his experience could help his father win over black voters, and his age could draw young voters, several political operatives told THE CITY.

During the debate, the elder de Blasio noted he was the only candidate onstage “raising a black son in America.” He brought up the “very, very serious talks” with Dante “about how to protect himself in the streets of our city.”

“Including how to deal with the fact that he has to take special caution because there have been too many tragedies between our young men and our police,” the mayor added.


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