Russell Simmons has officially endorsed Bill de Blasio for mayor, choosing him over openly gay candidate Christine Quinn, and African-American candidate William Thompson.
“I love the idea of a gay woman as mayor, but she’s been bought and managed by special interests,” he said of the former. Of the ladder: “I don’t want a candidate who is too quiet. I want a candidate who is not afraid to offend a few people to support what he thinks is right.”
Simmons said de Blasio’s call to reform the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk tactic was what really hooked him.
“I know a lot of people who have been stopped and frisked,” said Simmons. “If they get an arrest record, it can ruin their lives.”
An endorsement video from Russell is set to go viral later today.