1199 Gets Mad, Backs Freddy
As for the Post story that 1199 refused to back Mike Bloomberg because the mayor allegedly shot down Rivera's plan to put 25,000 union members on the city payroll, Rivera said the administration "has done a fantastic job in trying to dampen the enthusiasm about this endorsement" and added later, "We believe that we don't get made, we get even. We're going to work hard, hard, hard to elect Freddy Ferrer."
And the event was not without its biblical reference: Ferrer returned to his new theme of being David to Bloomberg's Goliath. "All the smart money was on Goliath," he said, David being "a guy about my size ... All he had were smooth stones, and the rest is history." Then he bellowed, "1199all 200,000 of youyou are my smooth stones!
Outside, some of the smooth stones played it cool. Will Ferrer win? "Freddy's gonna be all right," one said cryptically. Pretty smooth.