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Venable partner Gordon J. Davis was quoted in a May 11, 2015 New York Times article on the recent travels of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. The article focuses on the mayor's recent travels for political events and fundraisers and points to concerns that he is not making the city's problems a priority.

Davis said New York mayor can find the lure of fame "intoxicating," but added that the job required putting a spotlight on urban issues. "Is it the obligation of the mayor of the City of New York to be a spokesman on national issues? Absolutely, it is part of the job," said Davis. "There may be some style issues on when you do it, and how you do it, but I think it’s perfectly appropriate."