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Mr. Mayor – please give up!

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Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2019 10:30 am

W hile running for re-election in 1969 Mayor John Lindsay called being mayor of New York “the second toughest job in America.” Three years later in 1972, Lindsay launched a brief and unsuccessful bid for the 1972 Democratic presidential nomination. He came in second place in the Arizona caucus and fifth place in the Florida primary.

After being accused of neglecting local problems including protestors from Forest Hills opposed to a low-income housing project in their neighborhood, Lindsay abandoned his presidential dreams.

Sound familiar? After Saturday’s blackout on the West Side of Manhattan, calls for de Blasio to abandon his bid grew louder. He spent the day ironically enough in Waterloo, Iowa. Campaigning far from an airport with a direct flight back to the city, de Blasio drove four hours to Chicago, spending the night there before returning home Sunday. He was able to get in an interview with Meet the Press prior to hopping on the plane and arriving more than twelve hours after Con Ed had the problems fixed. But not before Governor Cuomo made clear he was on top of the situation stating, “New Yorkers want to know that the person they are paying to be in charge is in charge.”

Adding to the bleak outlook of his campaign, de Blasio raised only $1.1 million since launching his campaign in May. Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Ind. raked in $24.9 million in the second quarter of 2019, including $2.35 million from New York state residents alone!

It’s one thing for the mayor of a small city with a population of 102,000 to run for mayor. The greatest city in the world deserves a full-time mayor. With more than 8.5 million residents, 300,000 municipal employees and always being a potential terrorist target, we need a leader available 24/7. In his first term, the tabloids would point out all the times de Blasio showed up late for events. But at least he would show up! Can’t do that if he is spending weekends 1,000 miles away in Waterloo, Iowa. With more than twenty candidates, a serious run for president is a full-time job between fundraising, strategizing and campaigning. When trying to do two full-time jobs, the likely result is failure at both.

Even with what many considered a successful debate performance last month, de Blasio’s poll numbers continue to hover at 1 percent. Just as Napoleon met his ultimate defeat to the British at Waterloo, Belgium, Mayor de Blasio needs to come to grips with his losing battle for the 2020 Democratic nomination and make Waterloo, Iowa his final campaign stop.

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1 comment:

  • Buster57 posted at 3:46 pm on Thu, Jul 18, 2019.

    Buster57 Posts: 79

    IMO anyone who is actively seeking a new job needs to quit their current job. What employer would continue to pay you while you spend all your time applying for a new job and neglecting your current job (or "phoning" it in)?? You'd be fired in a New York minute. If all these already employed politicians believe they will get this new job, let them quit their current job NOW!!!