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Former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio formally announced on Friday that he will be seeking the Democratic nomination for the newly drawn 10th Congressional District, vacated by Rep. Jerrold Nadler who will run in another district.
“The polls show people are hurting. They need help. They need help fast, and they need leaders who can actually get them help now and know how to do it. I do know how to do it from years of serving the people of this city,” de Blasio claimed on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “And so today I’m declaring my candidacy for Congress in the 10th Congressional District of New York.”
“I’m very proud of having led this city out of the worst of the COVID crisis,” de Blasio proclaimed. “I’m ready right now to serve and address the issues that are so deep in communities in Brooklyn and Manhattan, and I just wanted to come here, a place that I cherish, and with you who have been such good friends to tell you this is the next step and I want to serve the people of the community that is my home and that I love.”
De Blasio announced an exploratory committee just days ago on the possibility of running for Congress. He ran a similar poll earlier this year debating whether to run for New York governor but decided not to after he came in far behind Gov. Kathy Hochul in the Democratic primary.
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Redistricting in New York has panicked Democrats. Nadler, who is the chair of the House Judiciary Committee, could potentially butt heads with Rep. Carolyn Maloney, another powerful committee chair. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, who is the chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, has also created political upheaval by announcing he will run against freshman Democrat, Rep. Mondaire Jones.
De Blasio was by all accounts a very unpopular mayor. His time in office was plagued with controversies and contention on a wide range of issues including law enforcement and his pandemic response. The former mayor has admitted to making a number of mistakes that cost him his capital with New York City voters.
Wherever I go, people ask: can things get better? I say from my heart: YES, but WE have to make them better. In our neighborhoods and our nation, the way to save our democracy is to be part of it. So as I declare my candidacy in #NY10 I ask you to join us: https://t.co/FaMeUQ5PES
— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) May 20, 2022
“I failed to give New Yorkers a clear sense of where I was taking them. I lost my connection with the people because I mistook real policy for real popularity. I let a focus on individual initiatives, no matter how noble or substantive, distract me from offering an overarching vision for the future,” he narcissistically and arrogantly claimed in an Atlantic op-ed.
“When it comes to being unpopular, I’m unfortunately somewhat of an expert. I made my fair share of mistakes,” he wrote only half-owning the mess that he left in his wake as mayor.
Social media is an indicator of just how hated de Blasio is these days.
“Bill de Blasio is so removed from reality he really thinks people want him in Congress 😂. Somebody lock this dude up in a mental institution for life already,” one commenter bluntly stated.
Bill de Blasio is so removed from reality he really thinks people want him in Congress 😂. Somebody lock this dude up in a mental institution for life already.
— CB (@CRB1090) May 20, 2022
Another nailed de Blasio’s opinion of himself, “No one has misjudged their likability more than Bill de Blasio.”
No one has misjudged their likability more than Bill de Blasio.
— Desi (@DesiJed) May 20, 2022
Author and photographer Steven M. Bellovin posited that his run was definitely a mistake, “Oh, dear—Bill de Blasio says he’s running for Congress. Just what the Democratic party doesn’t need—and if he were to win, just what the country doesn’t need.”
Oh, dear—Bill de Blasio says he's running for Congress. Just what the Democratic party doesn't need—and if he were to win, just what the country doesn't need.
— Steven M. Bellovin (@SteveBellovin) May 20, 2022
Others piled on, expressing their deep dislike for the former New York City mayor:
BILL DE BLASIO wants to be a "congressman"–Give it up Willhelm. Your LIES about "police and community" helped RIP this country apart. And that goes for your equally silly "partner" or whatever ARRANGEMENT you have. GET LOST (and where the hell is the money) pic.twitter.com/0D2VAgfdoz
— Greg Kelly (@gregkellyusa) May 18, 2022
For the love of all sanity, please someone run against de Blasio…
— Jonathan Ace (@JonClaw) May 20, 2022
I hope this man looses, I can’t stand Bill De Blasio. https://t.co/MEixZ5k6ft
— Pragmatic Meghan 🇺🇸 (@PragmaticMeg) May 20, 2022
Bill de Blasio launches his campaign for Congress promising to do for America what he's done for New York.🤦♂️ https://t.co/03dApwObPi
— RRH Elections (@RRHElections) May 20, 2022
I don’t understand who on Bill de Blasio’s team keeps telling him to do things? Didn’t the entirety of NYC make it abundantly clear that we didn’t want him? Why in the world do you think we want you to run for congress?
— it’s alexis (boogie woogie woogie) (@PriesterAlexis) May 20, 2022
It's a very Bill de Blasio move to announce he's running on MSNBC, since he's way more interested in being on national television than he is in talking to actual people who live in the district. https://t.co/iAvul2dqCN
— Max Burns (@themaxburns) May 20, 2022
New York’s congressional primaries will take place on August 23.
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