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Tuesday, 5 April 2005

New York Plays For The Sympathy Vote

The organisers of the New York bid to host the 2012 Olympics, have stated that they don't want sympathy over the September 11 attacks to play a part in the voting process.

This statement of course now reminds everyone of that tragedy and ensures, albeit unintentionally, that New York will get a sympathy vote.

New York deputy-mayor Dan Doctoroff said on Saturday:

"I certainly don't want people to vote for us out of sympathy..And New Yorkers certainly don't want people to vote for us out of sympathy."

He then went on to say that the attacks could still have a positive bearing on voting, because of the way it had changed people's views of New York.

"I think there is a somewhat more subtle point that could potentially play a role and that is the perception of New York and New Yorkers in the wake of 9/11..People saw out of New York and out of New Yorkers the very values that I think lie at the foundation of the Olympic movement: resiliency, the ability to get up after a defeat and move forward, determined to be more creative than ever before".

Good campaign tactics in my view.

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