Former New York Mayor Bill de Blasio drops out of race to crowded house

NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday he was ending his campaign for a U.S. House seat in New York City, dropping out after two months, saying that it was clear that ‘people are looking for another option’.

The Democrat was running in a crowded primary for a deep blue congressional district that includes his Brooklyn home and parts of lower Manhattan.

“I’ve listened to people very carefully and it’s clear to me that when it comes to this congressional district, people are looking for another option. And I respect that,” de Blasio said in a video uploaded Tuesday.

His campaign was launched months after his term as mayor ended and was de Blasio’s latest attempt to pursue his domestic political ambitions.

He considered running for governor of New York, but chose not to challenge incumbent Democrat Kathy Hochul. He also had a short-lived presidential race in 2019, which lasted two months longer than that year’s Congressional campaign.

De Blasio became the city’s first Democratic mayor in two decades when he won the election in 2013. His early accomplishments included expanding public preschool to all 4-year-olds in the city and later more 3 year old children. He also reduced police stop-and-frisk tactics and helped pass a $15-an-hour minimum wage.

But by the time his second term ended on Dec. 31, 2021, his tenure was also marred by a series of blunders, high-profile disputes and strained relations with progressives and city police.

The former mayor seemed to acknowledge this in his video announcing he was ending his campaign, saying, “I made mistakes. I want to do better in the future. »

De Blasio also said he wanted to continue serving the public: “I will find another way to serve,” he said.

A recent poll had placed de Blasio near the bottom of the field of 13 Democrats seeking to represent New York’s 10th congressional district. Other candidates vying for the Aug. 23 primary include U.S. Rep. Mondaire Jones, who currently represents a Hudson Valley seat but has decided to run a 2022 campaign further south in the metropolis, alongside New York City Councilwoman Carlina Rivera, former Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman, who last served in Congress in 1981, and Daniel Goldman, the former federal prosecutor who served as House Democrats’ counsel in the first impeachment inquiry against former President Donald Trump.

Representative Jerry Nadler now represents New York’s 10th District, but will no longer live there after the redistricting.

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This story has been updated to correct the number of Democrats seeking the seat.

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