Former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio reportedly plans to get back into the political arena with a campaign for U.S. Congress.
“He’s in, he’s running – he’s calling people,” said state Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein, according to the New York Post. “Based on the conversation that I had with him earlier today, he is running for Congress in the new NY-10 congressional district.”
“He called me earlier this afternoon. While I will keep our conversation private, I will confirm that we spoke for over 20 minutes about his decision to run for this district,” Eichenstein added.
The Democrat-controlled state legislature originally approved a new congressional map of New York during the redistricting process, but it was slapped down by the state Court of Appeals last month.
Since then, a new map was created by a court-appointed expert, according to reporting by the Washington Post. The fact that the map was crafted by an expert indicates that the state judge, Patrick F. McAllister, is likely to give the green light to the new district boundaries on Friday.
De Blasio’s last political bid came in 2019, when he attempted a run for president. It was short-lived, as he dropped out of the race later that year.
The former NYC mayor previously announced in January of this year that he did not plan to pursue a gubernatorial bid, and just a month later announced that he would not run in New York’s 11th Congressional District.
“I’ve represented the neighborhoods of the 11th CD for years and I love the people who live here. It was gratifying to connect with community and elected leaders while I considered a run. I’m certain a progressive can win this seat and serve us in Washington,” de Blasio tweeted. “Back in January, I made a decision to focus on advocating for policies that would continue to drive down income inequality in New York – one of my proudest achievements. I’m going to stick with that decision – it was the right one then and it remains so.”
In an op-ed in The Atlantic earlier this month entitled “Joe Biden Can Learn From My Mistakes,” the former NYC mayor wrote: “when it comes to being unpopular, I’m unfortunately somewhat of an expert. I made my fair share of mistakes.”
“I failed to give New Yorkers a clear sense of where I was taking them. I lost my connection with the people because I mistook real policy for real popularity. I let a focus on individual initiatives, no matter how noble or substantive, distract me from offering an overarching vision for the future,” de Blasio added. “Voters need to know both what you’re up to and why you’re up to it. You have to help them feel your efforts.”