‘It’s clearly not my time’: De Blasio ends presidential after campaign fails to gain traction

Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers remarks at the official dedication ceremony of the Statue of Liberty Museum on Liberty Island on Thursday, May 15. Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography

BY BILL PARRY | Saying “it’s clearly not my time,” Mayor Bill de Blasio pulled the plug on his quixotic for the 2020 Democratic presidential primary race after failing to qualify for the last debate and never seeing his national poll numbers climb higher than 1 percent.

The 58-year-old mayor of America’s largest city kicked off his long-shot campaign on Liberty Island four months ago but it never gained traction in a crowded field of 20 candidates.

“I feel I’ve contributed all I can to this primary election,” de Blasio said on MSNBC Friday. “So I’m going to end my presidential campaign, continue my work as mayor of New York City, and I’m going to keep speaking up for working people and for a Democratic Party that stands for working people.”

He did not endorse any of the remaining candidates, but said he would support the eventual Democratic nominee energetically.

“We have a chance to get it right in 2020,” de Blasio said. “Whoever our nominee is, let’s make sure we’re talking to the hearts of the working people.”

Soon after he announced he was dropping out, de Blasio was ridiculed in a tweet from President Donald Trump, who has mocked de Blasio’s campaign and mayoralty.

“Oh no, really big political news, perhaps the biggest story in years” Part time Mayor of New York City, who was polling at a solid ZERO but had tremendous room for growth, has shocking dropped out of the Presidential race,” Trump said on Twitter. “NYC is devastated, he’s coming home!”

Hizzoner had run his campaign based on his accomplishments in running New York City for the last six years.

“Yeah, look, I feel very good about offering a vision of change to this country, largely based on what we did here in New York,” de Blasio told the Brian Lehrer Show. “And I have to tell you, out there in states around the country, there was a lot of appreciation for things like Pre-K for All and, you know, guaranteeing health care for folks who do not have insurance and paid sick days — A lot of things we’ve done here really resonated with people I’ve talked to and focusing on the changes we need going forward.”

During a press conference at City Hall, de Blasio said he had no regrets about his failed White House run.

“I feel very good about the message,” he said. “I feel that people want progressive change. They want to focus on working people. The message resonated really well.”

But too few people across the nation were listening.

“We were watching the polling to see if anything was moving, and it just wasn’t moving,” he said.”

3 Responses to ‘It’s clearly not my time’: De Blasio ends presidential after campaign fails to gain traction

  1. I’m looking forward to the end of his political career

  2. Maybe he’ll get back to doing his job as mayor: like restoring order to chaos among the bicyclists, motorists, and pedestrians, or getting a handle on the growing street crime rate. Or maybe he’ll take another try at other office.

  3. NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio dreams of becoming President always belonged in the comics section. Democrats Governor Andrew Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio have a lot in common with the late Republicans Governor Nelson Rockefeller (1959 – 1974) and NYC Mayor John Lindsay (1966 – 1973) along with Governor George Pataki (1995 -2006) and NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani (1994 – 2001). The same is true for the late Democrat Governor Mario Cuomo (1983 – 1992) and NYC Mayor Ed Koch (1978-1988). Nelson Rockefeller, George Pataki, Mario Cuomo and son Andrew Cuomo deal with Mayors who want equal billing on the political marque. Lindsay’s urban, Koch’s Big Apple, Giuliani’s safety/quality of life and de Blasio’s progressive agenda is dependent upon both increased state and federal assistance. de Blasio envisioned himself as the national spokesperson for progressive Mayors from all cities. Virtually all members of the National Conference of Mayors looked toward other Democratic Presidential Primary candidates to support rather than de Blasio. This conflicts with Governors who have to worry about all 62 counties making up New York State. It also creates problems for both Cuomo and de Blasio who harbored Presidential ambitions in 2020. Atleast Andrew Cuomo was smart enough to read the tea leaves and checked his immense ego at the door deciding to bid his time till 2023. Cuomo like his father Mario, Rockefeller and Pataki, de Blasio like Lindsay and Guiliani will never come close to winning any primaries let alone occupy the White House. Now Bill de Blasio can resume his full time job that taxpayers are paying for He will also have time to begin packing for moving back to his old Park Slope Brooklyn home when his term ends in December 2021.

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