Hillary Clinton being tapped for New York City mayoral run against Bill de Blasio
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- January 5th 2017
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Could Hillary Clinton be New York’s next mayor? Picture: AP/Evan Vucci
Run, Hillary, run — for mayor of New York.
New York Democratic activists said they would rally to the former US presidential nominee’s side if she decided to take on current Mayor Bill de Blasio in a primary this year, reports the New York Post.
“If Hillary entered the race, she would be the best candidate. I would support her because we need a change in New York City,” said Gregory Floyd, president of Teamsters Local 237.
Hillary Clinton pictured with husband Bill on election day, won 79 per cent of the vote in New York City, where she is hugely popular. Picture: AP/Seth WenigSource:AP
Floyd, who represents school safety officers and Housing Authority workers, has clashed repeatedly with New York’s City Hall over policy.
“Hillary would be a better mayor than de Blasio. Every week we hear about investigations about fundraising and city property being given away to real estate developers,” he said.
Mrs Clinton captured 79 per cent of the vote in New York City during her failed November presidential run.
The Reverand Patrick Young, pastor of First Baptist Church in East Elmhurst, Queens, said Mrs Clinton could make history by shattering the mayoral glass ceiling in New York.
“Hillary would have been the first female president. She would be the first woman mayor in the history of New York City,” he said.
Current New York City mayor Bill de Blasio shas not been overly popular with his constituents. Picture: Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFPSource:AFP
“She would be better at working with people and engaging people. She would be a breath of fresh air. We have a cloud over our leadership right now.”
The Reverand Johnny Green, pastor of Harlem’s Mount Neboh Baptist Church, said Clinton would have his vote.
“Hillary over de Blasio. Anybody against de Blasio. De Blasio is a repeat offender when it comes to stupidity,” Green said.
One de Blasio critic claimed de Blasio would be toast if Mrs Clinton runs.
“I’m not sure she would have an opponent. De Blasio would have to drop out if she ran,” said former Mike Bloomberg campaign manager Bradley Tusk, who is hunting for a viable foe against the mayor.
The Clinton-for-mayor rumours lit up social media.
If she runs for mayor of New York, Hillary Clinton could again bring out everybody’s favourite, Michelle Obama. Picture: AP/Chuck BurtonSource:AP
“Ummm, this may be the BEST news of 2017 yet!!! I’m fine with a pantsuit city,” Ladychampagneb posted on Instagram.
Mrs Clinton’s allies are pushing talk of her possibly running for mayor to “torture” de Blasio for waiting so long to back her in the presidential race, according to one Democratic Party official.
“Trust me. People don’t forget,” said a Clinton Democratic National Committee delegate from New York.
A source said Mrs Clinton did not discourage her backers from discussing a City Hall bid.
“She wants to remain relevant,” the source said.
This story originally appeared in the New York Post