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Bill de Blasio is So Radioactive That Democrats Are Rejecting His Money

A PAC that de Blasio set up to help New York Democrats is struggling to find willing recipients.

By NTK Staff | 08.13.2018 @2:15pm
Bill de Blasio is So Radioactive That Democrats Are Rejecting His Money

Upstate Democrats think he’s a “tax-and-spend liberal.” New York City liberals think he’s too cozy with developers. His fundraising practices have previously been investigated.

These are just a few of the reasons why Democrats across the Empire State are distancing themselves from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is hoping to expand his relevance in Democrat circles. To put it mildly, the effort is not going well.

A majority of the 15 Democratic state Senate candidates running in competitive districts who POLITICO surveyed said they wouldn’t accept the mayor’s aid even if offered. The would-be senators are distancing themselves from the unpopular mayor, who faces criticism from upstate for being a tax-and-spend liberal and complaints from some in New York City that he’s not liberal enough and has been too friendly with developers. It doesn’t help that the last time de Blasio got involved in helping candidates, it led to an investigation into his fundraising practices.

The mayor’s PAC, known as Fairness PAC, received “No thanks” messages from a slew of New York Democrats, according to Politico: Long Island‘s James Gaughran, Lou D’Amaro and Anna Kaplan, Aaron Gladd near Albany, and Pramilla Malick in Orange County.

In an industry dominated by money, it’s rare to find so many politicians gleefully turning it down. According to FEC filings, the PAC has only spent money thus far to ferry de Blasio to a political conference earlier this month.

De Blasio’s critics did not hold back when asked why they are turning down his money:

“There’s no actual value in being associated with him,” one Democrat involved in a competitive state Senate district race told POLITICO.

Amanda Kirchgessner, a Democrat running in western New York, said de Blasio could better use his influence elsewhere.

“Why doesn’t the mayor use his influence to call out the Democrats that are caucusing with the Republicans that have kept really powerful, progressive legislation from passing and helping a lot of New Yorkers?”

Kirchgessner alluded to an argument that’s being made by Democrats chattering behind the mayor’s back — that the mayor is more hindrance than help in most places outside of New York City.

All of this is likely music to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D-NY) ears. The mayor and governor have a longstanding feud, and the two often do not see eye to eye on matters of policy.

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