Charlie Sykes: “There is rare bipartisan consensus that he’s globally awful, a serial bungler, and probably the worst mayor of New York evah… so why is the guy still around? Even his fellow Dems loathe the guy and his fellow Democrat, Andrew Cuomo, calls him a disgrace. So, really, why?”
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) slammed his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, over his possible run for president, Politico reports.
Said de Blasio: “Would he be better than Donald Trump? Of course. Should he be the Democratic nominee? No.”
He added: “This is a Democratic Party today that’s getting more progressive, that wants to address the concerns of working people, that does not accept the status quo. There’s no way in the world we should nominate a billionaire who epitomizes the status quo.”
The latest Siena poll finds New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio earned zero percent support for president in New York City, The Week reports.
He also did not crack one percent support across New York state in the poll.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said it would be “tough to conceive” continuing his presidential campaign if he doesn’t qualify for the Democratic debate in October, the New York Times reports.
Said De Blasio: “I think the logical thing to say is I’m going to go and try and make the October debates and if I can, that’s a good reason to keep going forward, and if I can’t, I think it’s really tough to conceive of continuing.”
One of the more striking findings of the new Quinnipiac poll is the dismal 8% to 45% favorability rating for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Phillip Bump: “Why’s it so low? Because Republicans dislike him strongly (minus-55) as they do most of the Democratic candidates. But his unpopularity with Democrats means there’s not really anything to offset those negative opinions.”
President Trump welcomed New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to the presidential race with a tweet.
Said Trump: “The Dems are getting another beauty to join their group. Bill de Blasio of NYC, considered the worst mayor in the U.S., will supposedly be making an announcement for president today. He is a JOKE, but if you like high taxes & crime, he’s your man. NYC HATES HIM!”
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) will declare his bid for the presidency on Thursday morning, NBC News reports.
De Blasio will make the formal announcement and then travel to Iowa and South Carolina for multiple stops over four days.
The Atlantic: “Multiple people close to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio gave up trying to talk him out of running for president earlier this year. Now he’s reportedly going to try to win Iowa and New Hampshire without most of his friends—or even people on his payroll—supporting him.”
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) “revealed Monday that he will not announce his 2020 presidential bid this week after all, despite insiders’ widespread belief that he was planning to take the plunge,” the New York Daily News reports.
Said De Blasio: “There was a story that assumed some specific thing that never was and you can’t have an announcement before there’s a decision.”
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to announce he’s running for president next week, the New York Daily News reports.
“The 2020 announcement could come as early as de Blasio’s birthday on Wednesday, when he’ll turn 58, said one source. The kickoff was initially expected this week but pushed back, according to another source.”
“By entering these premises you agree not to run for President of the United States in 2020 or in any future presidential race.”
— A flyer posted on the door of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s (D) gym in Brooklyn, quoted by Patch.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s communications director “is leaving City Hall to work on his federal political action committee, the latest sign that de Blasio is leaning toward a run for president,” Politico reports.
Politico: “As de Blasio touted his liberal record in Iowa and South Carolina in recent weeks, nearly three dozen former and current aides, consultants and allies who spoke to Politico panned the idea or doubted that the mayor would end up going through with a run for the Democratic nomination. Aside from the few people working on the nascent effort, only two said de Blasio should run.”
“The idea of a de Blasio candidacy is ‘fucking insane,’ said one former aide, laughing out loud.”
“Another self-described friend of the mayor called the idea ‘idiotic.'”
“It’s a stark contrast to the typical dynamics of a presidential exploration, where aides and allies tend to egg on the potential candidate. Indeed, the strongest advocate for a de Blasio candidacy seems to be de Blasio himself.”
New York City Mayor de Blasio “tried to display some presidential fortitude by traveling through near-blizzard conditions in Iowa — and wound up sleeping in a roadside motel after chowing down on a gas-station burrito for dinner,” the New York Post reports.
“Reporters from New York City wisely decided to wait out a snowstorm in Sioux City… But the mayor ignored the dangerous weather and insisted on heading south to Des Moines with his security detail.”
“Hizzoner made it less than halfway before calling it quits in Onawa, Iowa — estimated population 2,849 — to bed down in a Super 8 Motel… And instead of enjoying some of the Hawkeye State’s award-winning barbecue or succulent steaks, he had to make do with a microwaved burrito.”
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) “is making moves toward a possible run for president, soliciting City Hall staffers with national political experience and preparing to travel to the early primary state of New Hampshire this week,” Politico reports.
New York Times: “The idea of Mr. de Blasio and Mr. Cuomo ever collaborating on anything seems almost unfathomable nearly 16 years later. The two Democrats are now engaged in a feud so nasty, petty and prolonged that even in the cutthroat politics of New York, few can remember ever seeing anything quite like it. The two men have sparred over substance, silliness and everything in between: public housing and private workout routines, homelessness and topless women in Times Square, taxing millionaires and euthanizing a deer, a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak and state troop deployments, schools, snowstorms and the subways — even naps.”
Politico: “De Blasio, whose unfulfilled national ambitions have never been far from the surface, will be in Des Moines in early December preaching the progressive message as the best means for Democrats to win control of statehouses nationwide and, the biggest prize, the U.S. House of Representatives. He will also be trying to define a new role for himself in the party.”
“More to the point, he’s diverging from the Clinton brand of Democratic politics from whence he came and fully embracing the Sen. Bernie Sanders wing of the party — a seemingly more natural fit for a man who won his first mayoral term on the message of income inequality.”
New York City mayoral contender Nicole Malliotakis (R) said she finds it “unconscionable” that Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) won’t root for the New York Yankees, the New York Daily News reports.
Said Malliotakis: “I believe that you’ll have two underdogs winning this year — the New York Yankees and Nicole Malliotakis.”
“The candidate said she’s a Yankee fan who’s excited by their post-season run — unlike Hizzoner, a Red Sox fan who told the Daily News this week it’s ‘constitutionally impossible’ for him to root for the Bronx Bombers, and said it’d be just “too weird” to go to a game at Yankee Stadium.”