De Blasio may be planning a congressional bid

Former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio may be planning to rejoin the political fray by running for US Congress.

“He’s in, he’s running — he’s calling people,” MP Simcha Eichenstein said New York Post. “Based on the conversation I had with him earlier today, he is running for Congress in the new NY-10 congressional district.”

“He called me this afternoon. Although I will keep our conversation private, I will confirm that we spent over 20 minutes discussing his decision to run for that district,” Eichenstein said, according to the outlet.

A congressional card approved by the Democrat-controlled state legislature was struck down by the state appeals court last month. Accordingly, a new map was created by a court-appointed expert Washington Postwhich indicated that state judge Patrick F. McAllister is expected to give the green light for the county lines on Friday.

De Blasio mounted a presidential candidate run in 2019 before dropping out later that same year.

After announcing in January that he would not be running for governor, de Blasio announced in February that he would not be running in the state’s 11th congressional district.

“I’ve represented 11th CD neighborhoods for years and I love the people who live here. It was satisfying to connect with the community and elected leaders while contemplating a run. I’m sure a progressive can win this seat and serve us in Washington,” de Blasio said tweeted. “Back in January, I made the decision to focus on advocating for policies that continue to reduce income inequality in New York – one of my proudest accomplishments. I will stick to this decision – it was the right one at the time and it will stay that way.”

In an article published in the Atlantic Earlier this month, de Blasio wrote, “Unfortunately, when it comes to being unpopular, I’m somewhat of an expert. I’ve made my fair share of mistakes.”

“I failed to give New Yorkers a clear sense of where I was taking them. I’ve lost my connection with the people because I’ve confused real politics with real popularity from offering an overarching vision for the future,” he wrote. “Voters need to know what you’re up to and why you’re up to it. They have to help them feel your efforts.” De Blasio may be planning a congressional bid

Laura Coffey

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