After teasing his plans earlier this week, former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is officially running for Congress.
De Blasio announced on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Friday that he is running in the Democratic primary for a newly drawn congressional district representing portions of Manhattan and Brooklyn.
“Surveys show people are hurt. They need help, they need help fast, and they need leaders who can actually get them help now and know how to do it,” said the failed 2020 presidential candidate.
“I know how to do that because I’ve served the people of this city for years, and that’s why today I declare my candidacy for Congress in the 10th congressional district of New York,” he continued. “And I want to tell you what people need is exactly the things that I focused on before: money back in the pocket. We did. We reduced income inequality.”
De Blasio declared his candidacy days after the New York Post reported that he called party officials and asked if he could launch a challenge for former Rep. Max Rose (DN.Y.). On Wednesday, he tweeted that he had formed an exploratory committee for New York’s new 10th congressional district, representing the East Village, West Village, SoHo, Tribeca, the Financial District, Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope and Borough Park.
Court-appointed special master John Cervas drew a new map of New York’s congressional districts after the state’s highest court ruled that the Democratic-controlled legislature had illegally tampered with to reduce the number of competitive districts. On the Cervas map, the 10th district will be a heavily Democratic district, ensuring that whoever wins the primary has a good chance of being elected to Congress.
De Blasio served as mayor of New York City from 2014 to 2021, serving a term to run again for mayor. A far left progressive and communist sympathizerwith which he resigned from office in December high rejection valuesincreasing crime and a strained relationship with the NYPD. He briefly ran for president in the 2020 Democratic primary, but dropped out after receiving zero percent in several straw polls.
On “Morning Joe,” De Blasio credited the enactment of a universal Pre-K program and “that he brought this city out of the worst of the COVID crisis.”
“I am now ready to minister and address the issues that run so deep in the communities of Brooklyn and Manhattan, and I just wanted to come here, a place I cherish, and with you who have been such good friends, to tell you that is the next step,” he said. “And I want to serve the people in the community that is my home and love.”
https://www.theblaze.com/news/bill-deblasio-congress-new-york-midterm He’s baaaaack: The failed 2020 nominee and despised New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is running for Congress