Just when you thought he was out…
Ex-New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has told a lawmaker he plans to run for New York’s newly drawn 10th congressional district — the seat of stalwart Rep. Jerrold Nadler vacating it with the former longtime ally Rep. Carolyn Maloney in Realignment Combat 12.
De Blasio told MP Simcha Eichenstein (D-Borough Park) on Tuesday afternoon that “he is committed to racing”.
“He’s in it, he’s running — he’s calling people,” Eichenstein said, telling the Post that de Blasio has a list of donors and other chosen ones on his list to let them know.
“Based on the interview I had with him today, he is running for Congress in the new NY-10 congressional district.”
“He called me this afternoon. While I will keep our conversation private, I will confirm that we have spoken for over 20 minutes about his decision to run for this district.”
De Blasio previously considered running for NY-11 borough — before the state’s redistribution cards were first scrapped — but then dropped his bid.
“He’s no stranger to these neighborhoods, he’s represented some of these neighborhoods since 2001 and whether it’s been perfect at all times or not – those relationships are long and deep,” adds Eichenstein.
“I’m not endorsing anyone today, let’s see how this race plays out and who will ultimately be on the ballot.”
De Blasio, who has been living in a Brooklyn hotel with his wife Chirlane since leaving office while they renovate their Park Slope home, did not return an immediate request for comment when reached by The Post.
But another source told The Post that Pinny Ringel, who worked as de Blasio City Hall’s liaison to the Orthodox Jewish community, also called a community leader in Brooklyn on Monday to gauge support for his boss and reached out to him.
“He will have no Orthodox support,” the source said. “The average Joe on the street thinks de Blasio is the worst mayor ever.”
A draft plan for the redrawn 10th sections from Lower Manhattan – including Tribeca, Greenwich Village, East Village, and the Lower East Side – to Brooklyn, including portions of DUMBO, Brooklyn Heights, de Blasio’s own Park Slope neighborhood, and Prospect Heights, Windsor Terrace and Borough Park.
The borough also has a very small percentage of black voters, who polls show were de Blasio’s strongest supporters during his tenure as mayor. The new district’s voting-age population is 8% Black, 20% Asian, 37% Hispanic, and 31% White.
Others who have expressed interest in running for the new seat include Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) and State Representative Robert Carroll (D-Park Slope).
The final maps on the new districts will be solidified on Friday.
It’s not the first time de Blasio has sought senior office.
He ran a failed 2020 presidential campaign after failing to garner even 1% of voter support in national polls. De Blasio played off City Hall duties during his short-lived bid, failed to attract more than 15 voters to campaign rallies in the primary states, and also received thousands in donations from out-of-town businessmen.
Before leaving office, de Blasio also toyed with launching a gubernatorial election before abandoning that idea as well.
He recently penned an opinion piece in The Atlantic, in which he gave President Joe Biden unsolicited advice on how to better engage with everyday Americans – an accomplishment he regretted never having achieved as Gotham’s mayor.
https://nypost.com/2022/05/17/bill-de-blasio-eyeing-run-at-newly-drawn-ny-seat-nadler-has-left-behind/ Bill de Blasio eyes the redrawn New York seat that Nadler has left behind