Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota agree: There will not be a team of rivals uniting the winning and losing mayoral candidates next year in New York's City Hall.
De Blasio leads by about 40 points in polls, and some commentators have mused about the idea of Republican Lhota bringing his government experience to a prospective Democratic administration. The front-runner says no.
"Joe Lhota and I have very different values, and I want people in my administration that share my values and my desire for progressive change in the city," de Blasio told reporters after a Women for de Blasio rally in lower Manhattan Saturday. The feeling is mutual, said Lhota's spokeswoman, Jessica Proud.
Both candidates stumped in the city Saturday. De Blasio, acknowledging he is "not a morning person," showed up an hour late for an 11:30 a.m. rally on Manhattan's Upper West Side. He said he had overslept.
"I had an, um, challenging night. I got a call at 5 in the morning that threw off my sleep cycle, but other than that, it's all good," he said. He refused to describe the call.
Lhota's staff needled de Blasio on Twitter.
"@JoeLhota4Mayor wakes up at 5:15am every single morning. Just sayin," Proud tweeted.
Lhota aide Nick Iacono chimed in with: "Good thing the mayor of NYC never gets late night calls & still has to be on his game the next day . . . oh wait!"