Mayor de Blasio boasted Monday that his release of 14,000-plus pages of City Hall emails last week proves he’s all about “transparency” – even though it took a court order to produce the documents and it occurred on one of the busiest news days of the year.
“Fourteen thousand pages being disclosed is a pretty rare thing in public life, … and it’s all there, and people can analyze it all that they want and ask all the questions for days and weeks on end, so I would say it’s transparency,” de Blasio crowed during his weekly appearance on NY1’s Inside City Hall.
De Blasio had fought to keep his communications with various outside political consultants secret by arguing they were “agents of the city,” but was forced by judges to produce the documents following a lawsuit by The Post and NY1. The email dump conveniently came Thursday, as the nation was focused on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing.
While the released documents paint de Blasio as cynical media critic, a tough boss and a city leader fixated on boosting his national profile, Hizzoner claimed the emails tell a different story.
“I hope what people see who look [at the emails] is there is a lot of passion for the work we are doing,” he said. “They can disagree with some of the viewpoint, but I think it shows a pretty intense way of playing the game all around by me and my team and that we care deeply about the work we’re doing.”
De Blasio also defended emails sent less than a week after he took office in 2014 showing he already wanted to hit the road for Ohio and other out-of-town locations to spread his progressive agenda. He claimed people from across the country were already clamoring to hear him speak.
“When I was elected as an overt progressive … there was a lot of interest around the country and … I think it is important to spread those ideas,” he said. “I think that it’s important that become the basis of what cities and states do going forward, [and] also the [Democratic] party.”