2014-07-17T211439Z_2_LYNXMPEA6G10C_RTROPTP_2_USA

New York mayor takes it on the chin in city media

New York City mayor de Blasio speaks about the city's emergency preparedness for a summer storm bearing down on New York, at an official weigh in for the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest at City Hall in New YorkBy Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York Mayor Bill de Blasio won his job in a landslide last November, but is finding out that staying so popular is not easy. On Thursday, he was labeled “an ass” on the cover of one city tabloid after being skewered in another as behaving like Marie Antoinette and accused on television of being a socialist. “It does seem to me that de Blasio has gotten a much shorter honeymoon than previous mayors,” said Jerry Skurnik, a veteran political consultant. De Blasio, who won office with 73 percent of the vote in the city’s biggest mayoral electoral win in decades, came under fire this week with his plans to take a vacation in Italy despite the threat of a Long Island Rail Road strike.

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