Bill de Blasio, the former Mayor of New York City, is apparently contemplating a bid for the United States Congress, according to various reports.
The former New York City Mayor had previously contemplated a gubernatorial run in New York, challenging incumbent Kathy Hochul, but ultimately decided against making a play for the governor role.
De Blasio, who served as mayor for eight years, is now said to be considering a congressional bid instead.
According to the New York Post, several sources have stated that the mayor has made various calls regarding a potential primary challenge against the Democrat Max Rose, a former U.S. representative.
“The Democratic Party is not happy about [De Blasio’s intentions],” the source informed the New York Post, “the last thing they want is a primary race where money is wasted and there is mudslinging.”
However, the source also acknowledged that no one is terribly surprised since “De Blasio never listens to anyone.”
According to the New York Daily News, De Blasio apparently voiced his congressional ambitions during a phone call with a city union leader on Wednesday.
The former mayor reportedly stated he is in the process of “seriously considering” a run for the House, asking the leader to “keep him in mind.”
In addition to the city union later, De Blasio is apparently contacting various civics leaders and long-term campaign donors related to the district where he is mulling a potential congressional bid.
His competitor, Rose, has previously blasted de Blasio as “the worst mayor in the history of New York City” in a blistering ad campaign as he sought re-election during the 2020 election cycle. Upon news of de Blasio’s newfound interest in Congress, Rose has issued a statement regarding his potential competitor.
“Bill de Blasio has never been my biggest fan, but now he might be my primary opponent,” Rose remarked in disbelief.
“I know I laughed at first too, but the implications aren’t funny,” Rose continued, “[as] he’s a former mayor who has raised millions of dollars over the course of eight very, very long years,” alluding to de Blasio’s ability to expend significant funds to smear his opponents.
“[The race for Congress] is heating up every day, and we need to stop this from gaining any steam,” Rose concluded.