Disgraced New York Mayor Bill de Blasio fell flat on his face this week when he dropped out of his race for US Congress.
The race was seen as a political comeback for de Blasio, who termed out after serving 2 terms as Mayor of New York City. NYC under de Blasio saw a significant spike in crime as well as a large migration of wealthy New Yorkers leaving the city.
Despite his best efforts, the former mayor was only able to round up a measly 3% support in New York’s 10th Congressional District in the most recent polls.
Seeing the writing on the wall, de Blasio announced his withdrawal on social media.
‘I’ve listened really carefully to people. And it’s clear to me that when it comes to this Congressional district, people are looking for another option,’ de Blasio said in a video message. ‘And I respect that.’
Not one to simply call it a day however, he teased that his career in politics was far from over saying, “I just want to say, I love the people of this city. I really want to keep serving, and I’m going to find a different way to serve.’
“Even though this is not going to work out, I hope you know how much I appreciate you, and we are going to do a lot together to make this city better in the future,” de Blasio conceded.
The progressive Democrat leader admitted at one point that his career in politics has been a “humbling experience sometimes,” referencing the most recent rejection as well as his failed 2020 presidential campaign.
He ended his statement by telling the viewers, “I feel New York City in my heart and soul, I really do, and I’m just appreciative.”
Bill de Blasio is one of many Democrats who have sought to turn local careers into national ones in recent years. Another embattled progressive mayor, Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles, waded into a potential presidential run in 2020 as well before pulling out. Do you think these liberal cities or anyone for that matter has the stomach left to elect leaders like de Blasio and Garcetti or is their time in the spotlight over?