Having never, so far as we can tell, gotten beyond 1% in the polls, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio pulled the plug on his presidential run on Friday in an announcement on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program.
“I feel like I contributed all I can to this primary election and it’s clearly not my time,” de Blasio said, failing to elaborate on what, if anything, he’d actually contributed. “So I’m going to end my presidential campaign, continue my work as mayor of New York City, and I’m going to keep speaking up for working people.”
Seeing as how he only entered the race in May, it would be tempting to call this a “premature” end to de Blasio’s run for the nomination. Seeing as how he did not secure any support whatsoever for his candidacy (and attracted considerable ire from his constituents back in the Big Apple), we’d say that this decision is, if anything, well overdue.
Unable to resist the bait, President Trump took a shot at de Blasio on Twitter.
“Oh no, really big political news, perhaps the biggest story in years!” the president tweeted. “Part time Mayor of New York City, @BilldeBlasio, who was polling at a solid ZERO but had tremendous room for growth, has shocking dropped out of the Presidential race. NYC is devastated, he’s coming home!”
That’s a pretty funny jab there at the end, but the truth is that NYC voters have been vocally irritated about de Blasio’s focus on his quixotic presidential aspirations, which they feel have cost the city in terms of management. This disapproval came to a fever pitch this July, when Manhattan suffered from a brief blackout. De Blasio was not to be found in the city, unfortunately; he was too busy over in Iowa, holding speeches in front of rabid crowds of five (or ten, in some cases). Today, according to a recent Siena College poll, de Blasio enjoys a dismal 33% favorability rating from his hometown voters.
Even so, that’s a lot better than where he was polling nationally or in any of the early Democratic primary states. Voters were singularly unimpressed with de Blasio’s pitch to be the most left-wing candidate on the stage. Taking numerous shots at Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and other Democrats he deemed insufficiently supportive of the socialist agenda he prefers, de Blasio failed to convince voters that he was the TRUE Bernie Sanders they all wanted.
Mostly, he was simply ignored.