Bill de Blasio

Inside One of America’s Ugliest Political Feuds

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.”

De Blasio Seeks to Define National Role

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.”

De Blasio Rival Blasts Mayor for Being a Red Sox Fan

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.”

De Blasio May Run for President

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio “is putting out feelers to run for president, spreading whispers that Bernie Sanders, 75, and Elizabeth Warren, 68, are too old,” the New York Post reports.

“De Blasio, 56, will claim he’s the rightful standard bearer for the progressive wing of the Democratic party.”

Said one Democratic insider: “He thinks he’s going to coast to re-election victory. His people are sending out overtures asking where he should go next and whom he should meet on a national level.”

De Blasio Regularly Threatens Staffers

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio “is an imperious bully of a boss who threatens his underlings with dire punishment if they fail to meet his demands,” emails obtained by the New York Post reveal.

“‘What do I need to get you guys to follow a direct order? Do you need to experience consequences?’ he threatened in one 2015 diatribe. ‘I’m not raising this again: fix it, or I will [have] no choice but to find a way to penalize people. Not my preference, but I won’t have my instructions ignored.’”

“The emails show de Blasio blowing his top at nearly a dozen aides for failing to make sure phonetic versions of challenging words were included in his speeches and talking points.”

De Blasio Still Has No Challenger

New York Times: “With just over six months until the Democratic primary, no credible challenger — a person with some combination of name recognition, a political base, governmental experience and the funding to wage a knockdown campaign — has emerged.”

“In an era when political neophytes have captured offices as high as the White House, the lack of challengers to Mr. de Blasio, a Democrat, may seem mystifying.”

“His administration is mired in a series of overlapping fund-raising investigations, including some by the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, that could result in indictments of Mr. de Blasio or top officials in the coming weeks.”

Clinton Would Crush de Blasio If She Ran

A new Quinnipiac poll finds that in “a very hypothetical race” for New York City Mayor, Hillary Clinton, running as an independent, would beat incumbent Bill de Blasio (D) handily, 49% to 30%.

Said pollster Tim Malloy: “New Yorkers aren’t in love with Mayor Bill de Blasio, but they seem to like him better than other possible choices – except Hillary Clinton, who probably is an impossible choice.”

A Serious Candidate Could Beat De Blasio

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) “could be beatable — if anyone has the guts to run against him” next year, the New York Daily News reports.

“No serious candidates have even signaled their intentions to run. … De Blasio has some serious achievements — universal pre-K, record-low crime, an ambitious affordable-housing plan — but also vulnerabilities, like sky-high homelessness and numerous investigations into his fund-raising.”

Investigations Cloud de Blasio’s Future

“It was not even a month ago that Mayor Bill de Blasio led a boisterous rally in Foley Square to celebrate the passage of key elements of his affordable housing plan. It was meant to be a pivotal moment in Mr. de Blasio’s tenure, a victory that would position him to better attend to New York City’s nuts-and-bolts needs — something of a requisite as he approaches re-election next year,” the New York Times reports.

“In the past two weeks, though, the mayor’s fortunes have swung wildly in the opposite direction. His ability and style as a manager have come under excruciating scrutiny, as four separate investigative agencies pursue inquiries into possible wrongdoing on the part of his administration.”

Feds Looking at De Blasio’s Fundraising

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is investigating New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s (D) “campaign fund-raising activities as part of a widening probe into NYPD corruption,” the New York Post reports.

“The feds are looking at how the mayor solicits campaign cash from members of the real-estate industry — and the fund-raising activities of his former campaign treasurer, Ross Offinger.”

De Blasio Loses Support of White Voters

A new New York Times/Siena College poll finds just 28% of white New Yorkers approve of the Democratic mayor’s performance, and 59% now disapprove, up sharply from the start of his term.

“Nearly half say that the city is a worse place to live under his watch — only 9% say it is better — and 51% say New York is now less safe, even as crime statistics reach historic lows.”

De Blasio Threatens Not to Talk to Reporters Again

“Accused of ducking the press, Mayor de Blasio opened himself to an unprecedented 54 minutes of grilling from reporters on Friday — but warned not to expect a repeat,” the New York Post reports.

“Instead, the mayor said he’d continue with a recent shift from fielding questions from reporters on any topic toward more radio, TV and town-hall appearances where he can speak directly to the public.”