New York Post
November 17, 2014

 

The hypocrisy of the de Blasio administration

By Andrea Peyser

She can blame the media until she turns blue — but Rachel Noerdlinger is responsible for thrusting her own teenage son into the spotlight.

How did we, the media, learn her son’s name? It wasn’t during some anti-progressive witch hunt. It was when the duplicitous Noerdlinger named him in an application for a residency waiver, spinning a tale about how the teen — so strapping and healthy that he was playing high school football at the time — was hobbled by a pair of car accidents and needed to be near his doctors.

She was then allowed to live in New Jersey with her felon boyfriend instead of New York City, The Post revealed in an exclusive story.

Before that, not a clue about the kid.

And when it comes to putting children in the cross hairs, the mayor is far from blameless. He prostituted his own family in campaign TV commercials.

He claimed a nice victory off his son’s Afro. He later had his daughter go public — PUBLIC! — with her battles with depression and substance abuse.

And now, this pair of shameless ideological twins are blaming us for exploiting their families.

In press statements released Monday, the two trashed the media for targeting Noerdlinger’s son and boyfriend in the hope of taking down de Blasio’s crumbling administration.

The hypocrisy is stunning. On Planet de Blasio, one’s kin make for acceptable collateral damage — provided that they’re used to win something that the mayor and a best pal want.

Noerdlinger, 44, the right-hand woman for the city’s first lady, Chirlane McCray, announced Monday that she was taking a leave of absence (thankfully unpaid) “to spend more time with my son.’’

“I can handle criticism and scrutiny of me, even when it’s mean-spirited,’’ she said in a clueless statement. “But increasingly, my son has been subjected to attacks that have nothing to do with the public interest, and everything to do with derailing this administration.”

The administration? Seriously?

Dealing with her son is something she should have done years ago, before he was arrested for trespassing — when Khari, 17, first started acting out and emulating Noerdlinger’s live-in boyfriend, Hassaun McFarlan, 36.

De Blasio, at an unrelated news conference, also lashed out at the media and assorted foes for taking down his friend, who made $170,000 a year of taxpayer money working for his unelected wife.

The once-self-described Democratic socialist compared Noerdlinger’s self-inflicted travails to the torment inflicted on . . . Communists! “We saw this inflicted in the 1950s,’’ he ranted, apparently referring to the hunts by the late Sen. Joseph McCarthy.

“We’ve seen this throughout the history of this country.’’

Paranoid much?

He ignored the fact that it was the doting mom who introduced us to young Khari in the first place — with the waiver request to live in the Garden State after claiming that Khari suffered devastating injuries in two 2012 car crashes. But the car wrecks did not prevent the young man, who stands 6 feet, 1 inch tall and weighs 215 pounds, from playing linebacker last season with his high school football team.

De Blasio put his son, Dante, daughter, Chiara, and wife front and center in his campaign. So for him to claim that putting the spotlight on family members is out of line is self-serving lunacy.

So I beg of Rachel Noerdlinger: Take care of your son. De Blasio would also be wise to stop blaming others.

After all, Khari Noerdlinger never asked to be dragged into his mother’s troubles.