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We finally have some solid polling numbers on de Blasio and, um…

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As the Washington Post was reporting last night, the new Q-poll is out and it’s the first solid, national survey to include New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s name since he announced his presidential bid. So how did Hizzoner do? Well… we can start at the top line or go to the crosstabs but there simply isn’t much good to say. To begin with, out of 454 registered Democrats or Democrat-leaning independent likely voters, not a single one picked de Blasio as their choice for the nomination. Nobody.

Sadly for Bill, the questions that drill down further don’t get any better. For the question of what candidate would make people unhappy if they wound up winning the nomination, it was a virtual tie between Sanders and Biden. That makes sense because supporters of each see the other as the greatest threat. But guess who came in a close third. Yep. (Emphasis added)

Quinnipiac asked Democrats if there were any candidates that they hoped wouldn’t win. About 10 percent of those surveyed identified both Biden and Sanders, the two front-runners.

The next most commonly cited candidate? New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.

It’s a pretty impressive feat that de Blasio’s pulled off here. No one picked him as their preferred nominee, but one out of every 12 respondents said affirmatively that they didn’t want him to win.

They go on from there to point out that Bill’s name recognition may be lagging, but that’s far from his only issue. Roughly half of the respondents said they didn’t know enough about the mayor to have an opinion. But for all the rest who did know of him, 71 percent of the opinions were negative. Click through and take a look at some of the graphs from the results and you’ll see just how much of an outlier Bill de Blasio is. These are the Democrats we’re talking about and some of them appear to like Donald Trump more.

The message might be starting to sink in. During an interview yesterday, de Blasio said even he isn’t sure he should be running. (NY Post)

Dollar Bill is hedging his bets.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, who’s been pleading with people to pledge as a little as a buck to support his quixotic bid for the White House, has hired a “lean and mean” presidential campaign team of just five people, because he’s not sure if he’ll be a viable candidate, sources told The Post.

The Mayor has a presidential campaign in motion and thus far he has hired five staffers. Nearly all of them are from his City Hall staff and four of the five are white males. In New York City. I know, right?

The de Blasio for President Campaign Death Watch continues. I was finding it amusing for a while, but now it’s just becoming sad.

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De Blasio dogged on the campaign trail by police unions

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Sons of Gondor, of Rohan, my brothers! The day may come when there is good news from the campaign trail for NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio. But it is not this day!

All joking aside, de Blasio is still out there on the road, trying to convince someone that there’s a good reason to nominate him for the presidency, but the guy can’t seem to catch a break. The latest uncomfortable moment came when he was stopping off at a BBQ restaurant in South Carolina for some gripping and grinning. No sooner had he arrived, however, when he was greeted by a protester. And it was a retired NYC cop acting as a representative of the Police Benevolent Association. (NY Post)

Mayor Bill de Blasio was welcomed in South Carolina Saturday by a retired NYPD officer who was protesting him.

The mayor, on a swing through the state just days after joining the crowded Democratic field of candidates, was met by the retired NYPD officer at a local BBQ joint in Orangeburg, S.C.

The city’s Police Benevolent Association posted photos of the former cop with a “Liar” foam hand and a sign that read “Mayor Bill de Blasio is no fan of labor.”

This showed up on Instagram not long after.

The police unions are not only not endorsing Hizzoner, but they’re actively protesting him. It’s not unusual for candidates to run into some opposition groups as they travel around. It just comes with the territory. But when it’s law enforcement saying you shouldn’t be in charge of the country, there’s a particularly tough sting to it.

As the Post went on to report, there was another protest going on back home in the Big Apple on Thursday and it wound up taking place behind the set of Good Morning America. I’ve been covering politics for a while now and we’ve seen some dubious campaign launches in the past, but I don’t recall ever seeing one being pilloried as bad as Bill de Blasio’s.

We’ll close with a bit more of the protest action from New York City as covered by Fox News. Does anyone have any predictions as to how much of this public ridicule the Mayor can take before he backs out and writes it off as a bad decision?

Watch the latest video at foxnews.com

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Politico Reporter Survives the Horrors of Iowa and Her Reaction Is Hilarious

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There are few places on earth as terrifying as (checks notes)…Iowa? At least according to Politico’s City Hall Bureau Chief, Sally Goldenberg.

Apparently, she was in Iowa covering the Presidential race. Most recently, NY Mayor and clownish giant Bill de Blasio stopped by to the cheers of dozens where he tried out a new nickname for Donald Trump. #ConDon didn’t exactly catch on, but at least he tried.

After covering all that excitment, Goldenberg took to Twitter to let us know what she really thought of Iowa.

No almond milk?

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I also like that she seems to dislike the fact that there aren’t massive traffic jams and that it doesn’t take you an hour to go two miles. The driving is just so boring and all. But the real terror comes from the dirt roads she apparently traveled. Because we all know dirt roads are horrifyingly scary. Ending by saying she actually misses the dumpster fire that is the NY subway system is a nice touch.

To further the comical value, Iowahawk on Twitter has a long thread going making fun of all this.

lol…

Seriously though, as someone who’s lived in the NE but also was born in the south, this is just foreign to me. Shouldn’t a lack of traffic, ugly industrialism, and hobo piss be positives? Goldenberg does play right into the stereotype of your typical New Yorker though and for that, I thank her. No worries though, she’ll be back in the land of $10 coffees, avocado toast, and commie Mayors in no time.

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De Blasio dogged on the campaign trail by police unions

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Sons of Gondor, of Rohan, my brothers! The day may come when there is good news from the campaign trail for NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio. But it is not this day!

All joking aside, de Blasio is still out there on the road, trying to convince someone that there’s a good reason to nominate him for the presidency, but the guy can’t seem to catch a break. The latest uncomfortable moment came when he was stopping off at a BBQ restaurant in South Carolina for some gripping and grinning. No sooner had he arrived, however, when he was greeted by a protester. And it was a retired NYC cop acting as a representative of the Police Benevolent Association. (NY Post)

Mayor Bill de Blasio was welcomed in South Carolina Saturday by a retired NYPD officer who was protesting him.

The mayor, on a swing through the state just days after joining the crowded Democratic field of candidates, was met by the retired NYPD officer at a local BBQ joint in Orangeburg, S.C.

The city’s Police Benevolent Association posted photos of the former cop with a “Liar” foam hand and a sign that read “Mayor Bill de Blasio is no fan of labor.”

This showed up on Instagram not long after.

The police unions are not only not endorsing Hizzoner, but they’re actively protesting him. It’s not unusual for candidates to run into some opposition groups as they travel around. It just comes with the territory. But when it’s law enforcement saying you shouldn’t be in charge of the country, there’s a particularly tough sting to it.

As the Post went on to report, there was another protest going on back home in the Big Apple on Thursday and it wound up taking place behind the set of Good Morning America. I’ve been covering politics for a while now and we’ve seen some dubious campaign launches in the past, but I don’t recall ever seeing one being pilloried as bad as Bill de Blasio’s.

We’ll close with a bit more of the protest action from New York City as covered by Fox News. Does anyone have any predictions as to how much of this public ridicule the Mayor can take before he backs out and writes it off as a bad decision?

Watch the latest video at foxnews.com

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Could Bill de Blasio lose his job while running for President?

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The most widely mocked presidential campaign of this cycle may not land Big Apple Mayor Bill de Blasio in the White House, but at least, in theory, it could put him on the unemployment line. This weekend the New York Post brought up the rather inconvenient fact that Hizzoner has effectively absconded from the city and is spending pretty much all of his time on the campaign trail. So how is he managing to run the most populous city in the nation while he’s out on the road? The answer is that he’s not, which means that he’s not doing his job. And owing to an obscure (never invoked) codicil in the city charter, a small board of elected officials have the ability to remove him from office and replace him.

The poison pill buried in the document’s dense legalese is the “committee on mayoral inability,” a five-member body with the power to declare the mayor “temporarily unable to discharge the powers and duties” of the office.

Comptroller Scott Stringer — who has publicly worried about the mayor’s distraction — is a member, along with City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., the longest-serving of the city’s five beeps.

The committee would also include two mayoral appointees, Corporation Counsel Zachary Carter and a deputy mayor to be named later, by de Blasio himself.

I’ll confess that I’d never heard of this rule either, but it’s apparently a real thing. The Committee on Mayoral Inability is described in the City Charter under Chapter 1, section (d)(2) and it plays out precisely as described in the article at the Post. It appears to have been primarily designed for situations where the Governor removes the Mayor from office (I didn’t know he could do that either), or for situations where the Mayor is unable to perform his duties due to sickness. But it includes some vague descriptions regarding “other reasons” so it sounds like it applies.

So what happens if they decided to form up the committee and give de Blasio the boot? According to the charter, “the powers and duties of the office of mayor shall devolve upon the public advocate or the comptroller in that order .”

I somehow doubt this is going to happen, but it at least gave the press something to chat about over the weekend. The Post got Rudy Giuliani to weigh in on the plan, but he dismissed the idea of removing de Blasio. Though probably not for the reasons you would expect. Rather than defending Bill, Rudy said, “he doesn’t do anything, anyway. The city runs itself. He won’t be missed.”

Ouch.

Some might argue that the city actually runs better without the Mayor dipping his beak into every issue of the day. But if New York continues to chug along just fine with the boss basically living in Iowa and New Hampshire, we are left to wonder why we bother keeping him around in the first place. If nothing else, this little exercise provides an education in just how different city charters can be. In New York City there are all manner of ways to remove a sitting mayor if the need arises. In Baltimore, unless the mayor is convicted of a crime, you can’t get them out of the office without using dynamite.

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De Blasio: I might not make the first debate

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The Democrats have set a fairly low bar to qualify for the first round of debates this summer, but it’s still a bar nonetheless. Not everyone is on track to meet it either. The ones in danger of not making the cut include New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, despite having gotten into the race relatively early and being the beneficiary of significant earned media. And now New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is in the race (for some reason) and is facing the same challenges. Will he be able to qualify? Even Hizzoner doesn’t seem to think so. (Politico)

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio acknowledged Friday he may not qualify for the first presidential debate next month, but argued that isn’t a telltale sign about his overall chances of winning the Democratic nomination.

As he kicked off his campaign here in the nation’s first presidential selection state, the mayor said he has achieved one debate stage requirement: securing at least 1 percent in three polls. But given the size of the Democratic field, which now totals 23 candidates, he may also need to raise contributions from 65,000 individual donors.

De Blasio opened a federal campaign account Thursday. Per election rules, he cannot transfer any of the money he had been raising since last fall for the state and federal political action committees he set up as he mulled a White House bid.

I’m not sure where de Blasio is coming up with the three polls where he scores 1% or above. The latest Fox poll yesterday didn’t even include him. Monday’s Morning Consult survey did include de Blasio, but he literally registered 0%. Not one person picked him as their favorite. The Emerson poll on the same day didn’t include the mayor.

And let’s remember that the rules say that it has to be a reputable poll taken either nationally or in one of the early voting states. You can’t just send your wife out to ask thirty people in Central Park and come back saying you scored ten percent.

To be fair, none of these surveys were taken after de Blasio’s official announcement that he was running. Any candidate – possibly even de Blasio – can hope for some sort of bump or boomlet after their announcement, so maybe we’re all reading the cards wrong and there’s some sort of hidden pocket of de Blasio support lurking out there. But color me dubious at best.

The second half of the formula is the fundraising part. He’ll need to take in money from 65,000 people from a minimum of 20 states, including at least 200 unique donors per state. He only just opened up his campaign account on Thursday and he can’t transfer any of his PAC money or previous donations into it. Just doing one of those two things could qualify him for a spot in the debates, but the Democrats have already placed a limit on the total number of participants at twenty. Preference will be given to candidates who achieve both the polling numbers and fundraising goal if more than 20 qualify. Beyond that, they’ll pare it down by total polling numbers if they have to.

So where does that leave Bill de Blasio? In this one case, he’s probably correct. I’m guessing it will leave him watching the debates on television like the rest of us.

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The fantasy world of a de Blasio POTUS bid

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Yes, I know Allahpundit wrote about this last night, but this is one candidacy I can’t keep my mouth shut on. I’ve been covering New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for a long time now and up until this point, I’d always assumed that his presumed flirtations with a presidential run were more of a ploy to simply raise his national profile in the Democratic Party. I never thought he was actually going to do it. And yet, here we are.

So as Hizzonor embarks on what has quickly become the most mocked and ridiculed presidential bid in modern history, let’s take a brief walk down memory lane. Leave aside for the moment how comically inept he has been as mayor. Forget about his endless stream of wacky ideas like eliminating skyscrapers in the Big Apple. We can even skip over that time he murdered the groundhog. Let’s just get straight to the corruption.

He made his announcement in the same week that two men literally pleaded guilty to bribing him and are going to prison.

But they weren’t the only ones. Harendra Singh pleaded guilty to bribing the Mayor last year. Jona Rechnitz had already made the same plea deal in 2017.

Of course, questionable handling of the public purse seems to run in the family. His wife made almost a billion dollars disappear for a mental health program that delivered basically zero results and where nobody seems to have kept track of the money.

Or shall we talk about Jeremy Reichberg and the private jet with hookers onboard heading for Vegas?

Bill de Blasio managed to get himself elected mayor in what is very likely the only place in the country where he could attract any votes from people not sharing his last name. And he immediately set to work figuring out ways to get around the city’s campaign finance laws. In that, at least, he was stunningly successful. Under his leadership, the mass transit system has turned into a dysfunctional, urine splattered mess. His bungled management of the New York City Housing Authority has left thousands of residents in apartments without heat or power for months on end. (The NYCHA is now in federal receivership because it financially collapsed.)

If he wants to talk about education as a campaign promise, ask him about his “Renewal Schools” program. That gem was supposed to turn around the city’s failing schools and advance educational opportunities for minority students. After flushing more than $750 million into it, the program was abandoned with no measurable results.

This guy basically has the opposite of the Midas Touch. Everything he gets his paws on almost invariably turns to crap. And now he wants to run for President? Even I’m not foolish enough to hope that the Democrats would hand Trump a second term by nominating this guy. Go home, Bill. You’re drunk.

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Comrade De Blasio For President

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As the sun peeks out over the horizon on this most auspicious of days, Bill de Blasio, the mayor of New York City, prepares for his greatest challenge.

For today, according to reports, is the day he will announce he is running for the Democratic nomination in 2020.

WASHINGTON — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will declare his bid for the presidency on Thursday, a campaign spokesperson said Wednesday, joining the almost two dozen other candidates already competing for the Democratic nomination.

De Blasio will make the formal announcement Thursday morning and then travel to Iowa and South Carolina for multiple stops over four days. His wife, Chirlane McCray, who has been a highly visible presence and close adviser during his six years at City Hall, will join him for part of the trip.

A Facebook post from the Woodbury County Democratic Party in Iowa announcing that de Blasio would appear at an event Thursday as the first stop on his presidential tour let the cat out of the bag early before his formal declaration. The post was later deleted.

My absolute favorite part of de Blasio’s campaign will be when media outlets who have been publicly at war with President Trump over access and transparency start trying to deal with the New York mayor. He is not on friendly terms with the local media back home.

Bill de Blasio, a very publicly socialist politician, has absolutely no respect for any journalist that tries to ask him a tough question. He has stated before that he feels the media coverage he gets in New York is “unfair” and has on multiple occasions cut off their access in an attempt to hide embarrassing details.

He also killed a groundhog in 2014 simply because (I assume) it saw its shadow.

Along with his hatred of the media, de Blasio is also a white male with power, something the Democratic field is in no short supply of. So, what makes de Blasio even want to run in such a crowded field?

The answer is… New York City. It hates him.

Only 24 percent of New York state voters had a favorable opinion of the mayor, while 49 percent viewed him unfavorably, the Quinnipiac University poll found.

De Blasio was also in political trouble in the city he has led for more than five years — just 36 percent of Big Apple voters rated him favorably compared with 48 percent unfavorably.

The mayor is too far left, even for many of New York’s Democrats, said pollster Doug Schoen.

“For those who are not socialists, Bill de Blasio isn’t what they’re thinking about in a presidential candidate,” he said.

Even among Democrats, [de Blasio] couldn’t break into positive territory — just 36 percent viewed him favorably versus 38 percent who gave him a thumbs-down.

Now, it’s not like he can run again in 2012. He’s term-limited out. But, he needs a political future and New York City isn’t going to cut it. They don’t want to see him there anymore, so de Blasio is going to take the same route Beto O’Rourke and Stacey Abrams took: National spotlight. Except, de Blasio doesn’t have a snowball’s chance to win the nomination, and he’s more than likely too late to the party to get a major poll surge ahead of any debates. In short, he’ll be forced to sit at the kids’ table while the grown-ups argue over who will take on Trump.

In the Democrats’ eyes, though, this has got to be seen as selfish behavior on his part. The party is already struggling with nearly two dozen announced candidates, and several more rumors floating around about who’s next. With de Blasio trying to take up some of the spotlight he’s only going to hurt the Democrats, who are having a tough time discussing any ideas because they are all having to screech louder than the last candidate to say something.

But… that’s good news for us, right? The Democrats currently appear to have no actual plan, which means a lot of that extreme, far-left ideology they had been suppressing up until a few years ago is going to be hitting the airwaves more and more. And the Democrats, God bless them, will maybe start to realize their rhetoric does not match up with what most Americans actually believe and want.

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Welp, looks like Bill de Blasio’s really doing this

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I predict nothing but rejection and humiliation for this candidacy.

Granted, the last time I made that prediction about a longshot candidate from New York, the guy went on to become president. Feelin’ pretty confident this time, though.

“If Bill de Blasio is the answer, what’s the question?” Soon Democratic voters everywhere will be asking themselves that, not just in NYC.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will declare his bid for the presidency on Thursday, a campaign spokesperson said on Wednesday, joining the almost two dozen other candidates already competing for the Democratic nomination…

The mayor plans to highlight his record of liberal accomplishments in the nation’s largest city, including enacting universal pre-kindergarten, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and overseeing a drop in crime to an all-time low…

With an estimated 8.6 million residents, New York City has a bigger population than 38 states, including Washington, Colorado and Montana, whose governors or former governors are also running for president.

I said my piece about his presidential chances two weeks ago, when rumors began flying that he was close to declaring for president and the entire commentariat replied with a collective “Nah, c’mon.” I can’t see how he benefits from doing it. He won’t win and he won’t improve his “brand.” I thought he’d reconsidered, in fact, but signs that he was moving ahead were there. Two days ago he held a big climate change rally in the public lobby of Trump Tower, which ended with de Blasio being drowned out by the building’s PA system and shouted down by pro-Trump protesters. That feels like a premonition of the national campaign to come: Enthusiastic candidate, ostentatiously woke agenda, relentless embarrassment on the trail.

The most striking thing about him running is how universal the opposition to it is. I don’t just mean skepticism; there’s skepticism about all sorts of dark-horse Democratic candidates, from backbench senators like Michael Bennet to little-known governors like Steve Bullock to true “who?” entrants like Andrew Yang. I’m talking about outright hostility to de Blasio mounting a campaign on top of the skepticism that he’ll be anything more than an asterisk candidate. “A Quinnipiac poll last month found 76 percent of New Yorkers opposed de Blasio’s possible presidential bid,” notes Gothamist in a piece about his forthcoming announcement. (Their story has the most comprehensive list I’ve seen of de Blasio’s progressive “achievements” while mayor, if you’re curious to know what he’ll run on.) People involved in NYC politics openly mocked the idea when Politico quizzed them about a de Blasio candidacy back in March:

The idea of a de Blasio candidacy is “f—ing insane,” said one former aide, laughing out loud.

Another self-described friend of the mayor called the idea “idiotic.”…

“The empirical measurements of the city are good, but he can’t get off the ground because nobody likes the guy,” one former City Hall aide said. “He is stubborn about doing things that he feels entitled to do, but don’t do him any favors politically and don’t make a lot of sense.”

Another Quinnipiac poll taken in January asked New Yorkers who’d make the best president of five well-known local politicians: de Blasio, Andrew Cuomo, Kirsten Gillibrand, Mike Bloomberg, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Blas finished dead last at five percent, two points behind AOC. She’d been a congresswoman for three weeks when the poll was taken. He’d been mayor for five years.

As several reports today note, his timing in running is weird too. The only chance he has of breaking out of the asterisk zone is making a splash at the debates, but there are “only” 20 slots available and more than 20 candidates running. To qualify you need to score one percent in three major polls *or* receive donations from 65,000 different contributors with at least 200 different contributors from 20 different states. Given the number of people jockeying for a spot onstage, the DNC may be forced to change that “or” to “and” in order to whittle the field. The first debate is just weeks away, on June 26-27 — which is to say, de Blasio has left himself around a month and a half to somehow meet both qualifying thresholds. If he fails and is excluded from the debate, he’ll be ghettoized as a bottom-tier candidate and a laughingstock. If he was going to run, why didn’t he do it much sooner?

I wonder if Biden’s entry into the race and Bernie Sanders’s subsequent downturn in the polls convinced him to take the plunge. He’s aiming for the same group of progressive voters that Bernie is. If Sanders’s numbers were climbing and his grip on his base seemed unshakeable, maybe Blas would have passed on the race. As it is, with Bernie slipping, de Blasio might have persuaded himself that Bernie’s base is up for grabs — which, of course, it isn’t as far as he’s concerned. Most Bernie supporters will be dead-enders, sticking with him until he’s out, but the “soft” Sanders supporters are obviously headed towards Warren, Harris, and Buttigieg if Bernie starts to look like he has no chance.

There’s probably a Buttigieg factor here too:

De Blasio and his inner circle probably spun each other up with a narrative that between Bernie’s slide, Mayor Pete plateauing in the polls, and the fact that de Blasio runs a city 85 times bigger than Buttigieg’s, all it would take is some luck and a breakout debate performance to vacuum up a bunch of progressive votes. What happens when there’s no luck and he doesn’t make the debates? Or he does make the debates and Democratic voters decide they like Buttigieg much better?

Read Kyle Smith’s enjoyably contemptuous assessment of the de Blasio record in New York as an intro to the spectacle to come. Exit question: Who’s in charge of running the country’s biggest city while the mayor’s away chasing his fantasy? Per the NY Daily News, it depends. If he’s away short-term, the deputy mayor takes over. If he’s away for more than nine days, the city’s Public Advocate steps in. New York could have three different people running it in the span of less than two weeks thanks to Blas’s disinterest in his job.

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More de Blasio donors plead guilty in corruption cases

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Mayor de Blasio, you may want to call your office.

Bill de Blasio is still busy pushing his not-yet-declared presidential bid, but things back at home aren’t looking so great. As the New York Post reports this week, two more of Hizzonor’s political cronies and donors have pleaded guilty to campaign finance law violations. I’ve lost track of how many this makes, but the latest two seem to have been some bold and shameless traders in political influence.

Two corrupt brothers whose engineering firm was awarded millions of dollars in city contracts pleaded guilty Monday to illegally funneling cash to Mayor de Blasio’s 2013 election campaign.

Husam Ahmad, the CEO of HAKS and part-owner of SIMCO, copped to one count of first-degree bribery in the scheme, which also included an allegedly corrupt DEP official. Ahmad is expected to be sentenced to two to six years behind bars July 8.

Court papers say his plea agreement will also end a Brooklyn federal investigation into him but do not elaborate on the nature of that probe.

In addition to the CEO of HAKS, his brother, CFO Shahid Akhtar, pleaded to two counts of offering a false instrument for filing. He’s expected to get one to three years at sentencing. The company will pay a fine of three million dollars.

The brothers didn’t employ any particularly subtle tactics in funneling money to de Blasio’s campaign coffers. They got their staff members at HAKS to make maximum donations with the understanding that they would be reimbursed in the form of bonuses. And through some tremendous “coincidence,” the company received more than $36 million in municipal contracts. Funny how that works out, eh?

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen this story playing out in de Blasio’s orbit. There’s a guy named Harendra Singh who is currently sitting in jail after pleading guilty to bribing the mayor to the tune of $25K. The other corruption trials swirling around de Blasio’s administration and various campaign adventures could make for a heck of a Hollywood movie. Another guy named Jona Rechnitz also pleaded guilty to bribing the Mayor in 2017 and went to prison. (And that story involved private jets with hookers onboard flying off to Vegas.)

Yet somehow, in all of this, no charges are ever filed against Mayor de Blasio himself. And the guy fancies himself presidential material. One can only imagine the fun that his Democratic opponents in the primary would have with these stories if he actually declared and began to gain any traction in the polls.

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