Bill Thompson's poll lead over Tony Avella in the race for the Democratic Mayoral nomination is even more forbidding than Bloomberg's lead over Thompson
. But Thompson and Avella sill held a debate last night for NY1
, during which Thompson admitted he had, at some unspecified time in his life, gotten high, whereas Avella, true to his staff's description of him
, revealed himself to be totally abstemious. Various reports
indicate that they turned most of their fire on the present Mayor rather than each other, though they revealed some differences: Thompson, for example, likes Stop and Frisk
, whereas Avella would shut it down. And stylistically Thompson continues to be accommodating and even mild-mannered, whereas Avella remains a hardass (asked about his poor relationship with many city council colleagues, Avella replied, "You're damn right I don't get along with some of them").