Former President Bill Clinton will swear in Bill de Blasio as mayor of New York City — the first Democrat to occupy the big desk in City Hall in two decades — at Wednesday’s inaugural ceremony, the mayor-elect’s transition team said Saturday.

Former President Bill Clinton to Swear In Bill de Blasio as Mayor of New York City

Former President Bill Clinton speaks at a CGI Clinton Global Initiative Latin America event in Rio de Janeiro on Dec. 9, 2013. (Image source: AP/Silvia Izquierdo, File)

The Wall Street Journal reported that Clinton’s prominent role “sends a clear message that Democrats are back in power” in the nation’s largest city.

Hillary Clinton, former U.S. secretary of state and senator, is set to accompany her husband at the noon ceremony, the Journal noted. De Blasio, 52, worked for the Clintons in the past (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development during Clinton’s administration; manager of Hillary’s 2000 U.S. Senate campaign in New York state).

Clinton will swear in de Blasio with a Bible once owned by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the transition team told the Journal.

The Clintons didn’t endorse de Blasio during a highly competitive Democratic primary for mayor, the Journal said, but they both endorsed him after de Blasio took the nomination in September.

(H/T: Drudge Report)

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