In one corner we have the abysmal, incumbent Mayor, Bill De Blasio who, a la Hill, promises more of the same (which included alienating the entire NYC police department and enabling the city’s homeless problem to rival levels we haven’t seen in 20 years).
In the other corner is a bold, brash, belligerent dude who, rather than promising jobs, guarantees a major crackdown on crime (in spite of NYC’s having recorded its lowest crime rate in years). The Trump clone is named Bo Dietl, and he is a real piece of work.
A retired NYC policeman and private detective, Dietl’s claim to fame is doing whatever it took to defend his highly controversial clients, and bully those who had initiated lawsuits against them. The end result? The accuser either settled out of court or dropped the lawsuit entirely.
Dietl, who bills himself as “the tough cop”, has hounded people who say they’ve been traumatized and victimized. He’s been accused multiple times of intimidation and harassment. Check out this Times piece for a complete overview of Mr. Dietl’s life and times.
So, for whom has Dietl done dirty deeds for?
- Sean Bannon (alleged spousal abuse)
- Bill O’Reilly (workplace harassment)
- Roger Ailes (see above)
- Don Imus (see: Rutgers women’s basketball team)
- The Trump family
But, that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
In his quest for City Hall, Dietl has “made a racially-charged comment involving the mayor’s wife, sent an obscenity-laced text to the chairman of the Reform Party on Staten Island and been criticized for failing to pay $477,000 in state taxes.” Remind you of anyone?
Dietl even represented the pre-POTUS himself.
It was a case in which Mr, Dietl said someone was causing “trouble” for a Trump Casino in Atlantic City. Dietl’s solution? Simple. He called “the man” and threatened to release compromising information about him if the problem did not go away. The problem went away.
All of this would be mildly amusing if the Times article didn’t suggest that Dietl has a legitimate chance of winning the election.
We already have one leader playing loose and fast with reality. The last thing New York City needs right now is a localized version of the above.
But, hey, since I see this as a problem, maybe I can take it to Uncle Bo?