Democrats are urging twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to get back into politics by challenging New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in this year’s NYC mayoral election, a new report reveals.
According to the New York Daily News, Clinton, who is being pressed by NYC Democrats to challenge De Blasio, did not deny that she has interest in the position in a recent private conversation with a top city Democrat.
So far, no Democrat has come forward to challenge De Blasio, whose first mayoral term ends this year with declining approval ratings.
And despite being close with both Hillary and Bill Clinton prior to the 2016 presidential election, De Blasio’s relationship with Clinton became somewhat frayed during the campaign season after he refused to endorse Clinton’s campaign.
In fact, according to a report from last May, De Blasio was close to endorsing Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders over Clinton. However, he eventually caved and gave his blessing to the former secretary of state.
Still, De Blasio said last month that he thinks Sanders’ campaign message was stronger than that of both Clinton and President-elect Donald Trump and would have won him the White House.
According to the Daily News, some Democrats are extremely enthused about the possibility of Clinton returning to politics to run for mayor of NYC.
“She won New York City in a landslide last November, and she’d win in a landslide again,” Bradley Tusk, a former deputy mayor to Michael Bloomberg who is leading a campaign to unseat De Blasio, told the Daily News. “She’s wildly popular here, had a great tenure as senator from New York, and mayor is one of the few jobs worthy of her talents.”
Still, others don’t think Clinton would do well, citing her inability to resonate with voters on an urban political level.
“She doesn’t really have a natural constituency,” Kenneth Sherrill, professor emeritus of political science at Hunter College, told the Daily News. “It is much easier to identify her with national and international issues than it is to identify her with urban local issues.”
If Clinton does want to run, then she’ll have to decide very soon. The NYC Mayoral Democratic primary is just nine months away.
She would also have to permanently move from her Chappaqua residence in the Lower Hudson Valley to one of NYC’s five boroughs, according to New York State law, which mandates that NYC city hall candidates live in the city.