former mayor of new york bill de blasio (d) ended his campaign for the Democratic nomination in New York’s 10th Congressional District on Tuesday, citing a lack of enthusiasm for his bid.
“When it comes to this congressional district, people are looking for another option,” de Blasio said in a video posted on twitter, “And I respect that.”
de Blasio launched His short-lived campaign for New York’s 10th, a solid Democratic district drawn in late May, by a court-appointed cartographer.
The creation of the seat, which includes a slew of Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn neighborhoods, including de Blasio’s Park Slope home base, prompted a scuffle among local Democrats eager for a rare opportunity to compete in the open field.
De Blasio was one of 13 Democrats who eventually voted for the August 23 primaries. Rep. Mondaire Jones on the list of leading contenders; Yuh-Line Nieu and Jo Anne Simon, members of the State Legislature; New York City Council member Carlina Rivera; and Dan Goldman, a former federal prosecutor who led the impeachment of then-President Donald Trump in 2019.
Given his controversial leadership as mayor, de Blasio’s decision to run took some observers by surprise. His eight-year tenure was marked by persistent criticism from centrists and conservatives who saw him as inadequate for law enforcement and big business, as well as growing frustration from progressives who saw him as well. Respectable for those same constituencies.
However, de Blasio maintained a loyal base in the areas of organized labor and working and middle-class black communities. and in one June interview With HuffPost, de Blasio fiercely defended his record, citing, among other things, his efforts to protect tenants in rent-stable apartments from rent increases and the creation of a universal preschool program.
“In New York City, we have created one of the closest things to a social democracy in recent United States history,” he said.
By the end of June, de Blasio had picked up over $510,000, With $450,000 in cash – a respectable amount that would have placed him in contention.
But de Blasio struggled to collect ads, and a free voting Last week showed them in seventh place with just 5% support.
In the video announcing his return, an emotional de Blasio revealed that campaigning in person was a humbling experience.
“I made mistakes. I want to do better in the future.” “I want to learn from those mistakes.”