NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg had “ElBloombito,” a Twitter account that parodied his flawed manner of speaking Spanish. Now Bill de Blasio, Bloomberg’s soon-to-be-successor, has “HowlatewasBdB” to document the mayor-elect’s tardiness.
The tweets began on Thursday, shortly after de Blasio kicked off a press conference about his signature education initiative - expanding access to pre-kindergarten - almost 40 minutes late.
“December 5, names police commissioner. 50 minutes late,” read the first post. The second: “December 12, names deputy mayor. 34 minutes late.”
The person behind HowlatewasBdB, which has just over 100 followers, declined to say over the Twitter service who he or she is. A spokeswoman for de Blasio did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
De Blasio, who takes office January 1, has been chided for his lateness before. After his over-sleeping delayed a campaign event, his Republican opponent used the incident as a chance to question de Blasio’s readiness to be mayor, saying that “being mayor is a 24-hour-a-day job.”
ElBloombito, which is run by New York blogger Rachel Figueroa-Levin and pokes fun of Bloomberg’s halting Spanish as well as his vast personal fortune, has more than 79,000 followers.
A sample tweet, from earlier this week: “Esta supposed to sñowado mañana. Agaiño. If tu needo mi, yo willo be en my officero. In Bermudando.”
Reporting by Edith Honan; editing by Gunna Dickson