WASHINGTON—New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio announced his run for the presidency Thursday but endorsements among city Democrats within the New York Congressional have yet to emerge.
According to a Quinnipiac poll, 76 percent of New York City voters do not want the mayor running for the White House.
New York Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries told SiriusXM Patriot the mayor has interesting things to say but there are still issues happening that “He’s going to have to grapple with in terms of the continuing inequality that exists in New York City and the affordable housing crisis that we have not resolved.”
What I do hope is there’s a lot of work to be done in New York City, and I’m hoping the mayor doesn’t neglect his job as mayor.
Jeffries, who chairs the Democratic caucus, says he has not spoken to his constituents about their thoughts on de Blasio running for the White House.
Similarly, New York’s Attorney General Letitia James questioned de Blasio’s run for the presidency. In an interview with a live audience this week, she asked several questions to the audience about the mayor’s job performance to which they answered a resounding “no” to each one.
“We need a mayor who is going to be on the job 24 hours a day—seven days a week. And so, I ask the question. Has the crisis in affordable housing been addressed? No. Has income inequality been addressed? Equal pay for equal work? How about cyclists who have been, unfortunately, dying on our streets because of crashes? Has that been addressed? Environmental issues– has that been addressed?”
James then asked, “So what is your legacy? What are you running on?”
New York Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney told Patriot 125 her endorsement in the Democratic primary was already secured by another New York state resident running for the Oval Office.
“New York’s (mayor) is the second hardest job to being the President of the United States. He’s capable. I’ve already endorsed New York’s favorite daughter–Kirsten Gillibrand. I’m supporting her but good luck to him and the rest of the 22 candidates. Let’s have a good debate and go forward,” Maloney said.
New York Democratic Rep. Nydia Velazquez praised de Blasio’s job as mayor but stopped short of endorsing him.
“This is America everyone has a right to run and make their vision and be told to the American people and I guess that Democrats will have a choice to make based on his leadership and his vision.”
Velazquez brushed off the recent Quinnipiac poll that showed an overwhelming majority of New Yorkers do not want the mayor in the White House.
“Shouldn’t we have someone to challenge all the candidates regarding issues that are important to Americans like income inequality? You know, you could say whatever you want about Bill de Blasio but he brought progressive issues to the forefront when no one gave him a chance to run,” she said. “And this is not an endorsement but universal pre-K, child care, livable wages–15 dollars an hour.”
New York Democratic Rep. Gregory Meeks says he has not endorsed anyone among the Democratic primary yet either.
“I know that for me in New York and in Queens, we’re going to be looking at all of the candidates and trying to make a decision. The mayor believes he has a good shot,” Meeks said.
“I spoke to him over the phone, but I told him, as I’ve told all the rest of the candidates, that at this time since I’m now the county chair the Queens Democrats are not making any– I’m making any particular endorsements, etc.”
According to Meeks, each Democratic candidate will come into the city at various times to introduce themselves. Mayor of South Bend, Indiana Pete Buttigieg is expected to address an audience on Wednesday at La Guardia College.
Meeks later said de Blasio will be invited at some point in the future to have a dialog with his constituents just like any other candidate.
“What I do hope is there’s a lot of work to be done in New York City, and I’m hoping the mayor doesn’t neglect his job as mayor. There’s a lot of things that I know that we are working on in New York in my district. I talked to some other colleagues in their other districts,” said Meeks.
He added, “We need the mayor and the City of New York to be focused on what’s taking place so that we can do the work for the people of the City of New York and just not allow that to go to the wayside.”
THE PICKET LINE: It appears Mayor de Blasio did not give himself enough time, before the launch of his presidential campaign, to meet with major Democratic figures in his own city to show support for him.
He has spent most of his tenure blaming problems in the city on other bureaucrats and lawmakers, so by the time he gets around to doing anything about these issues a lot of it is already out of control.
THE PICKET LINE:
One thing we can count on de Blasio to be is always late and always passing the buck.