De Blasio has not deployed a uniform strategy to address the incidents. With the driving footage, he deferred to his NYPD drivers and refused to question whether they had driven recklessly. He downplayed his call to the police on his friend's behalf, insisting he was simply trying to learn more about what happened. But he did acknowledge that the Upper East Side was not sufficiently plowed and appeared on "Today" to make nice with Roker.
"We live in a town and a culture where things can become distractions," said mayoral spokesman Phil Walkzak. "But I will say I do not think these hiccups have distracted from our larger policy agenda."
Some political observers agree, believing that de Blasio's agenda — fueled by the mandate he captured with his landslide win — will not be seriously impacted.
"These are minor bumps. He is settling in and there's a natural adjustment period," said Bob Liff, a longtime Democratic consultant. "The press can be self-serving at times: in actuality, the most important things he's done so far aren't these scandals, but his appointments, and they have been top-notch and reassuring. ... This is a man who wants to do a good job running the city."
Even Rudolph Giuliani, the Republican former mayor who frequently trades barbs with de Blasio, came to the current mayor's aid during the flap over the call to the NYPD.
"I don't see that it's a big deal," Giuliani told The New York Times. "He's a new mayor. Give him a break."