Bill de Blasio on the Issues: What Kind of Democrat Is He?
Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York became the 23rd Democrat to enter the race for the White House on Thursday, and he is expected to try to position himself toward the leftward edge of the field. But running a local government typically means making compromises, and Mr. de Blasio’s record is more complex than his rhetoric.
He can lay claim to running a larger executive branch than any of his rivals, with the exception of Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s two terms as vice president. (New York City has more residents than the home states of each of the three governors in the race, Colorado, Washington and Montana.) And he can tout New York’s booming economy and falling crime rate while pointing to a flurry of other liberal agenda items he has pursued.
Mr. de Blasio, 58, rose to the mayoralty as a self-styled progressive, and he has repeatedly called for the national party to move to the left. Back home, though, he has proved a more cautious politician. He has supported incumbent Democratic politicians against progressive insurgents, for instance, and he has drawn persistent criticism from his left flank. An early biography of Mr. de Blasio was titled “The Pragmatist.”
As a bearded young man in the late 1980s, Mr. de Blasio admired the cause of the leftist Sandinistas of Nicaragua. But in New York, he rose to power as a political insider who worked in City Hall and later managed Hillary Clinton’s 2000 Senate campaign before starting his own political career.
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New York Times
De Blasio gets 2020 presidential backing from local union
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH’-zee-oh) has picked up the first union endorsement of his longshot presidential bid.
The New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council announced Wednesday that it is endorsing de Blasio and will send members to campaign for him in early voting states including New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina.
De Blasio is among two dozen candidates seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. Since joining the race last month, he has struggled to emerge from the pack and may not qualify for the first Democratic debates .
But Hotel and Motel Trades Council President Peter Ward says de Blasio offers “much-needed hope to working families across the country.”
The 40,000-member union local is an affiliate of the national hotel workers union UNITE HERE.
New York Daily News
De Blasio’s presidential campaign raises a paltry $1.1M
Mayor de Blasio’s presidential campaign against the rich is being funded by chump change, according to new campaign numbers.
The mayor’s quixotic bid for the White House raised nearly $1.1 million through the end of June, his campaign announced Monday. That’s far less than South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who raised a whopping $24.8 million between April and June, despite running a city with a population of only 102,000.
Presidential candidates had until Monday to file fundraising totals for this year’s second quarter with the Federal Election Commission.
De Blasio, who has called for tax hikes for wealthy Americans, finished last month with about $728,000 cash on hand, the campaign said. Of the $1.1 million raised from roughly 6,700 donors, 92% came from contributions of $50 or less.
While de Blasio didn’t raise the least of the more than 20 Democratic candidates for president, Hizzoner’s showing paled in comparison to heavy-hitters in the crowded field.