NYC Mayor de Blasio positioning himself against Hillary for nomination
The long knives are out for Hillary. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was inaugurated and enthusiastically endorsed by her husband Bill, is making clear moves aimed at challenging Hillary from the left for the Democrat nomination. The New York Post’s ace political reporter Fred Dicker reports:
Despite repeated claims to the contrary, Mayor de Blasio is positioning himself to be the leftist “progressive” alternative to Wall Street-friendly Hillary Rodham Clinton as the Democratic candidate for president, a national party operative told The Post.
De Blasio’s hope, the operative said, is a “draft de Blasio’’ movement will develop among progressive activists over the next several months that will lead to the mayor being able to defeat Clinton in the primary elections next year in much the same way leftist Sen. George McGovern successfully challenged the initially front-running establishment Democratic candidate, Sen. Edmund Muskie, more than 40 years ago.
Standing ready to back de Blasio against Clinton, said the operative, is the state’s small but influential Working Families Party, which has strong ties to de Blasio and is funded by some of the nation’s most powerful labor unions.
Unions, whose financial and manpower support is critical to the Democrats, can’t be happy with Hillary’s coziness with Wall Street and overseas tyrants. Elizabeth Warren has so far functioned as the dream girl of the progs, but she steadfastly refuses to throw her hat in the ring, so others see their chance.
The draft effort explains why de Blasio was accompanied last week on his “progressive” speech-making trip to Iowa by John Del Cecato, one of the nation’s most important Democratic communications strategists and the man responsible for the popular “Dante” TV spot that helped get de Blasio elected mayor, said the operative.
“Why would your ad maker be traveling with you in a non-campaign year? Why was he there with de Blasio in Iowa unless you’re trying for something bigger?’’ asked the operative.
For Del Cecato, an expert in Iowa politics and a longtime campaign adviser to President Obama, helping develop a draft effort for de Blasio may also be personal.
Del Cecato was described by the operative as “part of the faction of Obama advisers who still deeply dislike and deeply distrust Clinton’’ dating from the time the two faced off in the Democratic primaries in 2008.
Hillary’s ruthlessness, her arrogance, and her tendency to treat people she regards as inferiors as dirt are having consequences. But it may be her greed and lust for money that undoes her. De Blasio doesn’t have the stones to openly run, but is waiting to see how matters develop. This will be interesting to watch.