Bill Thompson is ready to get rid of his boring status, one that might of costed him the election in 2009, as he lost by a mere margin of 4.6 to Mayor Bloomberg. In an extensive profile of former City Comptroller, Bill Thompson for Politicker, Colin Campbell helped Thompson become creative about overcoming the notion that his candidacy is kind of sleepy or boring to a certian extent.
“If I had thrown an expletive in, maybe it would have gotten more attention. But then people would have to bleep it out,” he said while sipping on his coffee. "Then it would be, ‘Bill Thompson, he doesn’t have the temperament to be the mayor of the City of New York!’
” Mr. Thompson’s spokesman, Ibrahim Khan, jokingly offered some assistance from across the table. “We can get him to drop some F-bombs if you want,” he said. “If that’s going to make your story better, he can go on a tirade you haven’t seen! He’ll throw his coffee back. You know he’s just taking it easy right now.”
"Lightly banging his fists on the table to punctuate his more expressive thoughts," Mr. Thompson strongly pushed back against those who would depict him as boring and unenergetic. “No one said I wasn’t working hard enough or didn’t have fire in my belly when I was comptroller,” he argued, pointing out that his main Democratic rivals—Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and current Comptroller John Liu—all hold the bully pulpit that comes with elected office. “Others are trying to paint a perception.”
Thompson attributed his narrow defeat in 2009 to Bloomberg to a 'false narrative'. “It was hard to convince people, and it was hard to convince members of the media, that he could be beat,” Mr. Thompson recalled. “It was hard to convince people at times what they saw in front of them. You’d have a crowd of people going, ‘Yeah!’ And you’d go, ‘Guys, I’m telling you, there’s something going on here.’ And no one would write it.”
"The perception was that Bloomberg couldn’t be beat. No matter what you did, no matter what the public [thought], no matter how strong the crowds and the response and—there were people you couldn’t convince,” he added.
Nevertheless, Mr. Thompson certianly beleives that this time round, all of the talk about temperament will go away completely—on Election Day. “You get used to it,” he told Campbell. “Over a period of time, people will stand up and say, ‘Wow, I’ve run into him five times this week, yet he is working hard,’ I guess some of it also is when the votes get counted, and people go, ‘Damn. He won?’”