NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio To Announce Presidential Campaign

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 27: New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio speaks to reporters during a media availability with the 'Fearless Girl' statue, March 27, 2017 in New York City. De Blasio announced that the popular statu... NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 27: New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio speaks to reporters during a media availability with the 'Fearless Girl' statue, March 27, 2017 in New York City. De Blasio announced that the popular statue of a young girl staring down the famous Wall Street 'Charing Bull' will stay in place until February 2018. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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May 15, 2019 7:29 p.m.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will announce his long-expected bid for presidency on Thursday, throwing his hat in a ring that’s already crammed with 22 other hats.

According to a Wednesday NBC News report, de Blasio will launch his campaign on Thursday morning before traveling to Iowa with his wife, Chirlane McCray.

Though the mayor’s announcement doesn’t come as a surprise, previous reactions to a potential de Blasio campaign have been tepid at best. A Quinnipiac poll showed that over 75% of New Yorkers think their mayor shouldn’t run, and many of de Blasio’s own former aides and friends apparently tried to convince him that a presidential campaign was a bad idea.

“Ugh,” one former aide groaned to the Atlantic about their ex-boss’s rumored campaign.

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