Just a week after entering the presidential race, Mayor Bill de Blasio is already neck-and-neck with such household names as . . . Seth Moulton and Wayne Messam. How long before he puts an end to this farce?
The mayor is struggling to crack the top 20 (out of 23) so he can qualify for the first Democratic debate next month and admits, “I’m not setting the expectation that I’ll be in it.”
Among other tests, he needs to hit 1 percent in three serious polls (as judged by the Democratic National Committee), plus meet fundraising targets, such as getting 200 donors from at least 20 different states.
De Blasio’s first excuse will be that he’s such a late entry. But showing up late (and often uninvited) is his signature move. How is it not his own darn fault this time?
Then, too, the mayor has been working to boost his national profile (and donor lists) ever since he won the 2013 election. He’s had national coverage, such as a fawning Rolling Stone profile, not to mention the fact that his day job is in the national media capital. With the help of cash raised selling access to City Hall, he’s traveled to California and the early primary states.
Time and again, he’s reached out to America — why can’t he catch on?
It has to be especially humiliating that now South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg is smoking him in the polls and with the donors. Sure, Buttigieg served in Iraq — but Blas honeymooned in Cuba!
The mayor plainly doesn’t even understand his own party’s base, but he’s not ready to admit it.
Yet if de Blasio’s proven anything, it’s that he’s not afraid to fall flat on his face all across America. Repeatedly.
It’s sad that he prefers this dog’s breakfast of a campaign to staying home and doing his job, just 18 months after he asked the voters to let him keep it. You have to think the only reason he hasn’t resigned is that he needs the salary (and favors to sell).
Give de Blasio this: No one else ever thought of treating mayor of New York as the ultimate no-show job.
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