De Blasio's leftist youth under scrutiny

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De Blasio's leftist youth under scrutiny

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Bill de Blasio (left) and Joe Lhota (campaign photos) Bill de Blasio (left) and Joe Lhota (campaign photos)

Mayoral front runner Bill de Blasio is facing questions about his past political affiliations 25 years ago, in particular his support of the Nicaraguan leftists and communist Cuba, according to a New York Times report.

The Times reported that 25 years ago de Blasio went to Nicaragua in support of the leftist regime there and said he believed in democratic socialism. The article also noted that de Blasio and his wife honeymooned in Cuba.

When reporters tried to ask the Democratic mayoral candidate about the article after a news conference against Iranian nuclear policies on Monday he would not answer. He may have wanted reporters to come to his endorsement by the Queens Democratic Party later in the day. But even here he would not fully answer all the allegations of the story.

"I won't get into the details of what was accurate or not accurate in that article," de Blasio said. "But I will say what is accurate is I talked about Franklin Roosevelt and progressive change."

When I asked him his position on Cuba he answered: "The embargo against Cuba is wrong."

But de Blasio's Republican opponent, Joe Lhota, a deputy mayor under Giuliani, said this fits his position that de Blasio policies. Lhota said de Blasio is a radical.

De Blasio did receive good news: The official endorsement of President Obama, who said progressive change is the centerpiece of de Blasio's vision for New York City.

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