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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Is Running for President for Some Reason

The widely disliked mayor will be the 23rd Democrat to enter the presidential race on Thursday.

By NTK Staff | 05.16.2019 @9:42am
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Is Running for President for Some Reason

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Thursday that he is running for president, hoping to become the first sitting mayor to be elected president.

Last month, a poll of New York City voters found that 76 percent said de Blasio should not run for president, while just 18 percent said he should. Overall, de Blasio has a net negative approval rating among his constituents, 42-44.

But that pales in comparison to how much New York state voters dislike de Blasio. A Quinnipiac poll from March found that just 24 percent of New Yorkers had a favorable opinion of the mayor, while 49 percent said they viewed him unfavorably.

Here’s how the New York Post described the city’s attitude toward de Blasio:

“New Yorkers have a long history of warm regard for mayors like La Guardia and Bloomberg, who see [the mayoralty] as a 24/7 mission, and that’s not in de Blasio’s personal job description, it seems,” said political strategist Gerry O’Brien.

“Some voters have a perception that he has an up-at-the-crack-of-noon attitude. He’s often late to events, and that is part of what you see reflected in that Q poll.”

And here’s how the paper covered his presidential announcement on Thursday:

The mayor posted a three-minute YouTube video on his Twitter account Thursday morning with the words: “Today I am proud to announce my candidacy for president of the United States of America, because it’s time to finally put working people first.”

De Blasio will be forced to overcome not only his deep unpopularity but also nearly two dozen rivals, most of whom are better known and better liked than he is. Making matters worse, the unlikely presidential bid will only further anger New York City residents, who strongly believe running the city of 8 million people is a full-time job.

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