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.”
Everywhere I go, people ask: can things get better? I say from the bottom of my heart: YES, but WE have to make them better. In our neighborhoods and our nation, the way to save our democracy is to be part of it. As I declare my candidacy in #NY10 I ask you to join us: https://t.co/FaMeUQ5PES
— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) May 20, 2022
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.
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.
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