De Blasio Staffer Resigns After Anti-Semitic Posts

NEW YORK -

A staffer in Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s office on Tuesday quickly resigned his post after an online account posting anti-Semitic and racist posts was discovered to belong to him.

The New York Post said that Anthony Baker, a member of de Blasio’s city staff who also volunteered for his political campaign for mayor, posted comments offensive to Jews, women and police officers while using the handle “Hyman Doodlesack.”

“AIPAC makes me want to be a Nazi,” Baker posted March 5 when Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke at the United Nations, referring to the lobby promoting stronger U.S.-Israel ties.

In June, Baker questioned if Christopher Columbus was immoral, “or was he just a Jew?”

Baker also directed his hate to police, posting on Aug. 19, 2012: “kill the police.”

Baker, who would sometimes be seen holding de Blasio placards at campaign events, resigned after the Post called the public advocate’s office about the remarks.

“Nothing can excuse anti-Semitic remarks and vulgar insults about women,” de Blasio said. “I am disgusted and shocked by these outrageous comments.”

In related news, Council Speaker Christine Quinn was overheard by a top lieutenant of her rival for the mayoral race at a restaurant in “loud conversation” with her inner circle.

Quinn apparently was not aware that the people she said hello to on her way in to a Manhattan diner were a top CNN political reporter with a national resume, Bill Thompson’s chief campaign strategist and a top Obama administration official.

Seated a nearby table were Jonathan Prince, Thompson’s aide, Jim Rutenberg of CNN and Fred Hochberg, President Barack Obama’s chair of the Export-Import Bank.

“Quinn was talking loudly,” the Post quoted someone who witnessed the exchange, and only noticed Prince when she got up to leave. “Her eyes got really wide … like she realized she had this loud conversation in public.”

A source close to Quinn said that Quinn, “wished [Prince] luck, but not too much luck.”