Could the Mayor be another name we add to the 2020 Democratic Nomination sweepstakes list?
He’s just handily won re-election in the ‘Big Apple’ , a city with more people in it that most states and a budget that is half the entire state…
A certified progressive….He want’s more of a lefty tilt from the party…..
He does say he is NOT gonna run though?
Bill de Blasio is headed to Iowa again, but the mayor of New York City insists he’s really not running for president.
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.
“I think the Democratic party is ill-defined right now and I think it’s ill-defined because it’s lost touch with what should be its core ideology,” de Blasio said during a Gracie Mansion interview Sunday afternoon. “Because it’s ill-defined, they’re not winning elections and the two go together.”
De Blasio’s past Iowa trips have, thus far, produced subpar results — reflective of his struggle to command a more national audience. His delayed endorsement of Hillary Clinton in 2016 left him isolated, irking the Clintons and siding against the left wing of the party where he said his own ideology is a more natural fit. He was relegated to knocking on doors for the Clinton camp. A progressive forum he hoped to host there never materialized.
This time, with a term under his belt having run New York City, he plans to fully embrace the type of doctrine he said Democrats should have welcomed last year. He sees himself now as someone uniquely suited to carry that banner.
“I have been very open about the fact that I wish the national party had actually run on that platform,” de Blasio said. “If the party does not bring the progressive wing in more fully, then it’s at the party’s peril. I think there was a huge mistake made in 2016 to not invite in the Bernie Sanders movement more effectively.”….
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