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Self-proclaimed unpopularity expert Bill de Blasio will run for Congress

Former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D), proclaiming himself to be “rather expert” at being “unpopular”, has declared his candidacy for New York’s Tenth Congressional District.

De Blasio announced his candidacy during an appearance on MSNBC morning joe Friday.

“Joe, the polls show people are hurting, they need help, they need help fast, and they need leaders who can actually help them now and know how to do it,” de Blasio said. “I’ve known how to do it for years serving the people of this city, and so today I declare my candidacy for Congress in New York’s Tenth Congressional District.”

Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) speaks to the media after a transcribed closed-door interview with Geoffrey Berman, former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York at the Rayburn House Office Building on July 9, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington , CC. (Alex Wong/Getty)

De Blasio is running to replace Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) in the district, who was recently ‘rdrawn under the supervision of a New York judge», the Associated Press (AP) reported. If the newly redesigned districts are approved Friday, it could set up a potential showdown between Nadler and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) in the 12th congressional district, where Maloney currently serves. Both representatives have served in Congress for nearly 30 years.

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Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), chair of the Oversight and Reform Committee, speaks in Union Square as part of a national day of action in support of the United States Postal Service- United, its mission and postal carriers nationwide on August 18, 2020 in New York City. (BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP via Getty)

DeBlasio admitted in a recent Atlantic editorial that he was an “unpopular” politician and had made his “fair share of mistakes”.

“And when it comes to being unpopular, unfortunately I’m a bit of an expert. I have made my share of mistakes,” the former mayor wrote.

“In 2017, I won my second term with two-thirds of the vote in the general election. But last year my popularity had plummeted,” de Blasio wrote later in the article. “Why? I failed to give New Yorkers a clear idea of ​​where I was taking them. I lost my connection with the people because I confused real politics with real popularity.

Like Breitbart News reported, before de Blasio’s second term as mayor expired, he was considering running for governor of New York, but failed to garner support for his potential candidacy, polling 5% less than four other candidates in November last year. In January he announcement that he would not be running for governor.

During his tenure as mayor, de Blasio sworn to cut funding to the New York Police Department amid the unrest of the 2020 Black Lives Matter riots, despite soaring violent crime rates at the time. De Blasio has also been criticized for his Implementation vaccine mandates during the Chinese coronavirus pandemic.

You can follow Ethan Letkeman on Twitter at @EthanLetkeman.


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