For a Brownstone Brooklyn populist, likely New York City mayor Bill de Blasio has some surprising supporters in the skyscrapers of Manhattan.
It's true that many investing types are supporting Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota over pro-tax de Blasio in the general election Tuesday. Christine Quinn—the more moderate heir to current mayor Mike Bloomberg's pro-finance policies—was Wall Street's Democrat of choice in the September primary with supporters like Dan Loeb of Third Point, Richard Perry of Perry Partners and Robert Ziff of Och-Ziff Capital Management.
But with de Blasio leading Lhota by 45 points in a recent New York Times poll, it's becoming increasingly clear that de Blasio is the candidate who really matters. Perhaps as a result, some surprising supporters from the financial community have emerged in his corner.
In total, about three times more money has flowed to de Blasio than to Lhota. He's outraised his GOP rival $9.45 million to $3.37 million so far, according to public campaign records.