Joe Lhota: I need to hit a 'grand slam'

NYC Mayoral candidate Republican Joe Lhota arrives for NYC Mayoral candidate Republican Joe Lhota arrives for a debate against Democratic nominee Bill deBlasio at the CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan. (Oct. 22, 2013) Photo Credit: Craig Ruttle

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Republican underdog Joe Lhota Wednesday said he needs a "grand slam" to snatch the mayoralty away from rival Bill de Blasio, but he believes "it can be done."

Appearing on PIX 11-TV and Fox 5's "Good Day New York," Lhota said, "The majority of New Yorkers line up with me on the issues."

Two weeks before the Nov. 5 election, Lhota said he can overcome the more than 40 percent deficit he has in the polls, as he continues to explain his positions to the public.

"We can hit that grand slam and win this race," he said.

Hosts on both shows noted that de Blasio's wife and two children have been prominently featured during the campaign and asked Lhota why his family has not been more visible.

Democrat de Blasio is "using his family because he has no policies," Lhota told anchors Greg Kelly and Rosanna Scotto on Fox. "He has a wonderful family, and he uses that to get across that he's a nice guy. Listen, being a nice guy doesn't make you anywhere close what you need to be as mayor."

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Lhota said his wife, Tamra, has consistently been working as his "partner" behind the scenes, and his daughter, Kathryn, 22, has been supportive.

"My family is very reserved in what we do. It's just who we are," Lhota explained. "The reality is, don't fall into the trap, wonderful family, great mayor. Ed Koch: no family, great mayor."

De Blasio's wife, son and daughter are featured in the most recent edition of People magazine in a story titled, "Bill de Blasio's Modern Family." The piece recounts how de Blasio met his wife, Chirlane McCray, 58, and how Chiara, 18, and Dante, 16, have been an important part of his campaign.

"It felt natural to have them involved," de Blasio said, in a caption of one of several photos of his family at their Brooklyn home. Campaigning together, McCray told the magazine, "has brought us closer."

During an immigration press conference on the steps of City Hall Wednesday, de Blasio said he's "very proud" of his family's involvement in his campaign and rejected the notion that he's bankrupt of ideas, waving his platform book, that is "filled with bold, progressive ideas."

"I am first and foremost a husband and a father … and I ain't changing a thing," he added.

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