What is de Blasio doing?
We really do not understand why New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is running for president.
First of all, he is now the 23rd candidate to confirm his or her candidacy for the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential nomination. That alone makes his chances of winning the nomination rather slim.
Beyond this, a recent Quinnipiac University survey found 76% of New York City voters polled said de Blasio should not run for president.
When three out of four voters from the city you represent say you shouldn’t run, what is the rest of America supposed to make of your candidacy?
The New York Post on Thursday even greeted de Blasio’s candidacy with a front-page photo of people laughing.
Then, there is the whole Amazon HQ2 debacle. Working with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, de Blasio reached a deal to provide the online retail giant approximately $3 billion worth of tax incentives to build its project in the city. Although it was said the project would create thousands of jobs and, ultimately, generate billions of dollars in tax revenue, the $3 billion worth of incentives was a figure that proved hard to swallow for nearby residents.
After U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., began leading the opposition to the project earlier this year, Amazon decided to take its investment elsewhere.
In terms of strengths as a candidate in the Democratic primary, de Blasio does have a record of promoting left-wing economic and social policies. He also pulls no punches when discussing fellow Big Apple native, President Donald Trump.
“He’s a con artist. I know his tricks. I know his playbook,” de Blasio said of Trump.
Overall, we believe de Blasio is going to waste his time – and New York City taxpayers’ money – by flying around to campaign in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada.
Still, it will be interesting to see if he gains any traction. He will, no doubt, add some colorful quotes along the campaign trail.