Ex-de Blasio assistant calls him ‘condescendingly annoying’, says she’s ‘terrified’ he could lead NYC: Book
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A Democratic political strategist and former aide to Democratic House candidate Bill de Blasio called the former New York mayor ‘childish’, ‘intellectually lazy’ and ‘boringly condescending’ in her new memoir released on Tuesday. .
Lis Smith, who served as senior communications director for Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s 2020 presidential campaign, has released her new book, ‘Any Given Tuesday: A Political Love Story,’ which details her affair with the former governor of New York Eliot Spitzer and his stint as a spokesperson for de Blasio’s mayoral campaign in 2013.
Smith recounted his first job interview with de Blasio, who is now running for an open congressional seat in a new district, saying he seemed hopelessly unqualified to lead.
“It was right from the second he sat down,” she wrote. “Over the next hour, I slowly realized that the future mayor of New York was probably childish, intellectually lazy, overconfident in his own abilities, and boringly condescending. De Blasio reminded me of the rude, showerless guy in college who showed up for Philosophy 101 and hogged ten minutes of class time yelling about seizing the means of production because he read a line from a book Communism for Dummies.
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“After we broke up, I was shaken,” she continued. “I called my mom and a few friends on the taxi ride to Manhattan. I told them the truth: I had completely failed the interview and was terrified that someone like de Blasio could being tasked with running New York in the middle of a crisis. ‘This guy can’t handle 9/11.'”
Smith said that despite her misgivings, she was offered the job and continued to work for de Blasio in an effort to pursue her own political ambitions.
“I wanted to be the next New York City Hall press secretary and I didn’t care if I respected de Blasio or not,” she wrote.
After de Blasio won the election, Smith said she was offered a job as chief spokesperson for the mayoral transition, but her affair with then-married Spitzer created a firestorm. tabloid, and the bid was rescinded two days before de Blasio was sworn in as mayor. .
“The new mayor with whom I had spent countless days and hours deputized for one of his top advisers to call and announce that my offer to work for him had been rescinded,” she wrote. “The counselor consoled me as I burst into predictable tears. ‘Trust me, Lis,’ he assured me. ‘One day you’ll see this as a good thing. You don’t really want to work for this guy.'”
“He was right, in retrospect. I learned an important lesson the hardest way possible: nothing, not even burning ambition, could justify working for a politician with no integrity,” she added.
De Blasio’s campaign did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.
Smith, who served as a spokesperson for former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo during his 2014 re-election bid, made headlines last year after appearing in a series of text messages released by the New York Attorney General Letitia James, who led an investigation into Cuomo and his staff.
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Smith has been documented referring to Christine Blasey Ford as “looney tunes” and speaking dismissively of the #MeToo movement in 2021. During her testimony, she said she helped Cuomo formulate his public defense against multiple allegations of sexual harassment.