NYC's de Blasio, former behind-the-scenes operative, carefully crafts everyman political image

  • by: JONATHAN LEMIRE , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 9, 2014 - 9:50 AM

NEW YORK — Bill de Blasio stooped his 6-foot-5 frame for hours to shake hands with regular New Yorkers touring Gracie Mansion, telling them the opulent mayoral residence was "the people's house." Clad in a jacket and jeans, he cheerfully posed for a TV crew while shoveling snow outside his Brooklyn home. And he opted against pricey Super Bowl tickets in favor of watching the game at home with his son and dropping in on a local firehouse.

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