De Blasio rift with NYPD could cost NYC the Democratic Convention

New York City is going to pay a very high price for electing Bill de Blasio mayor.  Maybe the 75% of registered voters who did not turn out will pay attention next election.  National Democrats understand what mayor de Blasio does not want to admit.  The New York Daily News reports:

 The tensions that have erupted between Mayor de Blasio and the city’s police unions are casting a giant shadow over the mayor’s bid to bring the Democratic National Convention to Brooklyn.

Party officials are concerned the bad blood might still be an issue when the convention is held in 2016, stealing the spotlight from the party’s presidential nominee, a top Democrat told the Daily News.

“They’re worried about the optics,” said the source, who is familiar with the Democratic National Committee’s deliberations.

“Will [the police] turn their backs on the mayor? They don’t want side stories. The story should be the convention.”

The Democrats are set to announce the site for their convention next week, with Philadelphia and Columbus, Ohio in the running.  Since Ohio is a critical swing state, I think Columbus has leg up, despite more limited hotel options than either of the two mega-cities in contention.  I am familiar with the city and consider it one of the most underrated metropolises in America, so it could benefit substantially from the media exposure it would receive.

But any loss by New York City would be blamed on de Blasio, regardless of the other factors at work.

It doesn’t take a genius to realize that crime is likely to increase in Gotham between now and the summer of 2016.  That, too, will be blamed on de Blasio, and by implication the Democrats.

Are the Dems dumb enough to risk a NYC convention?

New York City is going to pay a very high price for electing Bill de Blasio mayor.  Maybe the 75% of registered voters who did not turn out will pay attention next election.  National Democrats understand what mayor de Blasio does not want to admit.  The New York Daily News reports:

 The tensions that have erupted between Mayor de Blasio and the city’s police unions are casting a giant shadow over the mayor’s bid to bring the Democratic National Convention to Brooklyn.

Party officials are concerned the bad blood might still be an issue when the convention is held in 2016, stealing the spotlight from the party’s presidential nominee, a top Democrat told the Daily News.

“They’re worried about the optics,” said the source, who is familiar with the Democratic National Committee’s deliberations.

“Will [the police] turn their backs on the mayor? They don’t want side stories. The story should be the convention.”

The Democrats are set to announce the site for their convention next week, with Philadelphia and Columbus, Ohio in the running.  Since Ohio is a critical swing state, I think Columbus has leg up, despite more limited hotel options than either of the two mega-cities in contention.  I am familiar with the city and consider it one of the most underrated metropolises in America, so it could benefit substantially from the media exposure it would receive.

But any loss by New York City would be blamed on de Blasio, regardless of the other factors at work.

It doesn’t take a genius to realize that crime is likely to increase in Gotham between now and the summer of 2016.  That, too, will be blamed on de Blasio, and by implication the Democrats.

Are the Dems dumb enough to risk a NYC convention?