New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at a press conference in the College Point neighborhood of the Queens borough of in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
UPDATED 8:46 AM PT – Saturday, September 4, 2021
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) has considered a potential run for governor. According to recent reports, the Democrat mayor called labor union leaders to see if he would have the support to throw his hat into the ring.
Advisers close to the mayor said De Blasio did not want to leave politics when his term has ended. On Friday, De Blasio did not confirm his run, but also refused to deny it.
“But look, I believe in public service, I’ve done it my whole life. I want to keep working on crucial issues and causes particularly care about things like education for our kids,” he stated. “We still have a long way to go on that. These are the kinds of things I’m going to devote myself to. So, we’ll see what the future brings.”
De Blasio polled in second place among Democrats for the June primary as he tied with incumbent Gov. Kathy Hochul (D-N.Y.). Currently, Attorney General Letitia James, who released multiple reports about former governor Andrew Cuomo’s alleged criminal activities, polled in first.
Some Democrat operatives said if De Blasio were to run, he would have to fight for the left flank of the party to win the nomination.