The de Blasio/Clinton Connection….

Bill Clinton will swear in the New New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio…

De Balsio and the Clinton’s do have a history…..


Veteran Democratic strategist Tad Devine, nodding to the chatter about liberal alternatives like Warren, said that if de Blasio’s time in office is successful, “he’s potentially a really strong ally” for Clinton if she runs.

“That [progressive] element of the Democratic coalition will listen to him,” Devine said. “He’s in a unique position to … talk about Hillary Clinton, running her campaign, knowing her well. He’s going to be able to talk about her in human terms, which could be very helpful with an element of the Democratic Party that may want to put some distance between her and them because they’re to the left of her.”

The de Blasio message has echoes of that projected by Warren and other major national progressives who’ve crusaded against Wall Street excess over the past four years.

Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress, which has focused heavily on income inequality, suggested that focus is not going to change anytime soon. She noted that de Blasio, with whom Tanden worked on Clinton’s 2000 U.S. Senate campaign in New York, elevated the issue.

“Bill de Blasio’s campaign raised fundamental issues around economic fairness and ensuring everyone gets a fair shot,” she said. “Those issues are the challenges of our time and will affect our politics and national policy for years to come.”

The Clintons’ relationship with de Blasio dates to before her 2000 Senate run, when he came recommended by his longtime friend, Harold Ickes, a veteran Clinton insider, as her campaign manager. Prior to that, de Blasio served in the Clinton administration, working in the Department of Housing and Urban Development under current New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

De Blasio was a surrogate for Clinton in early-voting presidential states in 2008, campaigning in Iowa and attempting to boost his former boss. He remains close with a number of people in her orbit, most notably Tina Flournoy, who currently is chief of staff in Bill Clinton’s personal office. Flournoy is a former teachers union official who worked on Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign.


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