Well, well! THAT didn’t take long did it? According to ABC, it looks like Hillary Clinton may be running for Mayor of New York against….you guessed it!…her old campaign manager Bill de Blasio. How fitting is that?! A liberal running against an ultra-liberal for Mayor of New York City.
Do you think Hillary is: a) bored, b) seeking/needs to be in the spotlight again, or c) just dying to win ANY election at this point or d) all of the above? Maybe she just wants to win an election based on a sympathy vote.
H/T Daily Mail:
While de Blasio’s numbers have seen a recent uptick in the latest polling, from 35 percent in April 2016 to 40 percent in October, he would likely be vulnerable if a bigger name showed up on the ballot, with 56 percent of his constituents still unimpressed.
That being said, he was an ally of Clinton’s, traveling to Iowa before the caucuses to help the former secretary of state campaign.
She appeared at his swearing-in ceremony.
And walked alongside the mayor at New York City’s gay pride.
She’s not likely to want to seek an office lower than the White House, after the nearly two-year political battle in which she vanquished primary challenger, Sen. Bernie Sanders, only to lose the election, though win the popular vote, to President-elect Donald Trump.
However, There have been times when Clinton’s career path has surprised those in the political world.
She was expected, of course, to run for president in both 2008 and 2016.
By the time she threw her hat in, via a web video, in January 2007, Clinton had been re-elected to the senate and had served eight years as first lady.
In April 2015, when Clinton again released a web video via announcing her intentions, she had also served one-term as President Obama’s secretary of state.
However, both her senate run and her choice to serve in the cabinet of a former political rival did turn heads.
New York Magazine reminded readers in May 2016 that it had once called the idea of a Sen. Hillary Clinton ‘ridiculous,’ with one Senate staffer saying: ‘Off the record? Not a chance in hell.’
‘Even she couldn’t pull this one off,’ writer Michael Tomasky argued. ‘Wouldn’t want to for one thing. Run for Senate from a state she’s never lived in? Only to go back ot Washington – she hates Washington – back to the city of Ken Starr and Trent Lott and Chris Matthews and Sally Quinn, where they see her as an intruder and debaucher of pre-Clinton era mores that were, um, unimpeachable?’
Clinton insiders James Carville and George Stephanopouos thought a Senate run improbable.
‘That’s something that … I don’t know how much of a possibility that is,’ Carville said, suggesting it was more like people playing Democratic fantasy politics than a future reality.
Hank Sheinkopf, a New York Democratic consultant, told Newsmax, “She is wildly popular among New Yorkers — so much so that were she to file, [Mayor Bill] de Blasio would have to file his retirement papers on the same day.”
Mayor de Blasio is up for reelection in November 2017 and has pretty low ratings. According to a recent poll, 49% of NYC voters don’t think he deserves to be reelected. White voters are especially upset with him, but Black and Hispanics still support him.
What about residency requirements you ask? Well, in NYC if you run for mayor, the state law only requires that a candidate be a NYC resident BY Election Day. Hillary could easily meet that requirement.
What’s the attraction? Well, I read vagrancy in NYC is up along with panhandling, grafitti is out of control, and streets are grimier…sounds like a perfect fit, don’t you think?
Look at it this way, Hillary Clinton probably thinking she could still be the thorn in Donald Trump’s side…at least in NYC, that is unless she’s still under federal investigation for her emails.
Come to think of it, both Democrats, de Blasio and Clinton could be under investigation at the same time. That’s got to be a first, even for New York.
Here’s what a few on Twitter had to say about the topic:
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