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NYC mayor’s message sidelined by ‘sideshows’

Updated Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 | 11:08 p.m.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's (dih BLAH'-zee-ohz) agenda to fight the city's income inequality has taken a backseat in recent weeks to a series of political stumbles that have become tabloid fodder.

He has come under scrutiny for his handling of two snowstorms, a call to police about an ally's arrest and traffic violations committed by his driver.

De Blasio has refused to immediately address some of the missteps, seemingly prolonging their lifespan in the news media.

The controversies likely will not derail the mayor's agenda but have muddled his message during his first weeks in office.

One veteran political operative said even "the nonsense" distracts from the duties of governing.

The mayor has chastised reporters for focusing on the blunders.