Politico New York

16 02:42 PM . | June 23, 2016

PBA's campaign against de Blasio will follow him to Indiana

By Laura Nahmias

The union representing rank-and-file New York City police officers is taking out a full-page ad in an Indianapolis newspaper ahead of Mayor Bill de Blasio's plans to travel there Friday with his wife to attend the annual U.S. Conference of Mayors.

The Patrolmen's Benevolent Association has an antagonistic relationship with the mayor's office, and they have fought bitterly over negotiations for a new contract for the city's police officers. PBA president Pat Lynch announced plans earlier this summer to launch a $1 million ad campaign targeting the mayor ahead of his 2017 re-election campaign.

A full-page print ad set to run Friday and Saturday in the Indianapolis Star features a cartoon of de Blasio sprinting with a briefcase - a la O.J. Simpson in a Hertz commercial - and criticizes the mayor for taking the out-of-town trip.

"Do you know where our mayor is?" the ad reads.

The ad accuses the mayor of deliberately leaving town to avoid several investigations targeting his office, which have generated weeks of negative headlines.

"NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio left behind a city that most New Yorkers say is heading in the wrong direction in order to talk up his accomplishments at the U.S. Conference of Mayors this weekend. With public safety slipping, police morale at rock bottom, and multiple federal corruption investigations swirling through City Hall, no wonder he wanted to get out of town," the ad says.