NY Mayor De Blasio Makes Presidential Endorsement

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Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Democratic candidate for president, positioned himself well after winning the New Hampshire primary race on Tuesday. The previous week in Iowa, he trailed closely on the heels of Mayor Pete Buttigieg who lead the race.

Now, Sanders has received an important and somewhat unlikely endorsement from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

 

According to POLITICO:

‘New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will endorse Bernie Sanders for president – a move intended to advance his own elusive quest for national relevance while underscoring his background as a left-leaning, establishment-wary Democrat, according to people familiar with the mayor’s plans.’

Now that Sanders has emerged victorious and has demonstrated himself to be a viable candidate, De Blasio decided to take a risk. POLITICO reported:

‘In backing Sanders, de Blasio is embracing the left wing of the party in its battle with moderates like Pete Buttigieg and Mike Bloomberg, whose outsized campaign spending has vaulted him to the top tier in the crowded primary field.’

Black Democrats have long supported De Blasio who “stands to be an effective surrogate for Sanders as he jockeys for an increasing share of Joe Biden’s diverse supporters.” De Blasio’s record includes implementation of universal pre-kindergarten, ties to prominent labor unions, and all that comes with his day job as mayor. He is also from a biracial family.

De Blasio’s endorsement is seen as a big deal because he one of the highest-ranking politicians to embrace Sanders’ unapologetically liberal White House bid. He can also speak to Bloomberg’s weaknesses.

According to POLITICO:

‘De Blasio can speak to Bloomberg’s liabilities better than most, having inherited New York City from him after running against his record of race-based policing and perceived indifference to income inequality. Oftentimes though, De Blasio makes no effort to hide his disdain for Bloomberg – and comes across more resentful than constructive.’

During De Blasio’s 2013 inauguration ceremony, he roasted Bloomberg by likening New York City to a plantation under his tenure. He seems to make a point of going after Bloomberg whenever he sees an opening.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) announced her support for Bernie Sanders at a Queens rally in October. A large group of state and local lawmakers had backed Elizabeth Warren throughout the year last year.

According to POLITICO:

‘One New York politician trailing De Blasio is Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who over the weekend backed off prior praise for Joe Biden in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that landed amid Biden’s poor showing in the early voting states.’

Nevada’s primary election is set to happen next week, and Sanders is leading in national polls.

In an interview with POLITICO last year, De Blasio declared that Sanders would have beaten Trump in 2016 had he been the nominee. At the time, Hillary Clinton’s communications director, Jennifer Palmieri said:

‘If he thinks Bernie would have beaten Trump then he should have had the foresight to endorse him in 2016. His view is of little importance now.’

De Blasio ran against Sanders in a short 2020 primary bid that ended when he ran out of money and could not qualify for the national debates.

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