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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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Donald Trump Jr. to run for office?

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Could it be true? The President’s son, Donald Trump Jr., is reportedly mulling a run for office. No, he’s not talking about a primary challenge to take on his father for a seat in the Oval Office. The younger Trump is allegedly pondering a run to be the next Mayor of New York City. He wouldn’t be the first wealthy New Yorker to take the office (or at least try) but is the Trump brand still strong enough in the Big Apple to pull this off? (NY Post)

Political families beget dynasties. Take Gov. Mario Cuomo’s kid, Gov. Andrew. Add a pile of Roosevelts, wall-to-wall Kennedys, more Bushes than they have in Cypress. Clintons might gear Chelsea for office. We had multiple Daleys in Chicago, assorted Tafts from Ohio, Jerry Brown and daddy Pat both grabbed California governorships. Plus leave us not overlook those Rockefellers.

Comes now Donald Trump’s son. Drums are beating that Donald Jr. would like to run for mayor. Of where? Where else?

There was a time when President Trump was spoken of as a possible mayoral candidate, particularly back when he was a Democrat. By this point, however, his 2016 campaign and subsequent actions as President have pegged him as a deeply red conservative who likely wouldn’t stand a ghost of a chance in the liberal enclave of Gotham. In fact, I’m not entirely sure he’ll be able to go back and live there once he leaves office.

But Trump Jr. isn’t Trump Sr. when it comes to political philosophy. It’s long been known that the Trump children have tended to lean quite a bit more to the liberal side than their father’s current positions. Don junior is perfectly happy to step up and help his dad wherever and however he’s asked, but if he were running the show personally, I think he’d be far closer to a Democrat than a Republican.

Now that I come to think of that specific part of the question, why would we assume that Junior would run for New York City Mayor as a Republican? He might just run as a Democrat or even an independent. That would help differentiate him from his father and stake out his own turf. And he would need to do precisely that. Dad’s approval rating in the Big Apple is currently 26/71.

But, assuming he runs, could the younger Trump really detach himself enough from his father to win? He’s become a central figure in many stories coming out of the White House and he’s now best known for being part of his father’s administration. Short of starting some sort of public family feud with his father, I think too many voters will associate the two of them. And that would probably sink his mayoral bid before it started.

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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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National De Blasio hatefest graced by presidential cameo

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A leftover from yesterday that shouldn’t be missed. I’m not sure Trump has ever channeled the national mood as eloquently as he does here.

The best part (aside from encouraging people to vote de Blasio “if you like crime”) is how gratuitous it is. It’s not as if Blas is a top-tier contender whom Trump feels obliged to diminish for strategic reasons. Just the opposite. He’s using the bully pulpit to take a shot at someone who won’t get within 40 points of the nomination just because he knows him and dislikes him that much.

As I say, he has finger on the pulse of America.

People were chirping yesterday on social media that this clip reminds them of the short takes he used to shoot from his office in Trump Tower before becoming president. Right, but not just any takes: It reminded me of the Trump/Rosie war, which started in 2006 and went on in spurts for 10 years. Never had I seen this guy enjoy belittling a fellow celebrity as much as he enjoyed belittling O’Donnell. Until yesterday.

He couldn’t even wait for the farking plane to land to shoot his de Blasio attack and put it online.

We should be fair to de Blasio, though. Not only isn’t he the lamest candidate in the race, he isn’t even the lamest candidate in the race from New York.

In the two years leading up to her 2020 run, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand spent millions of dollars building up a network of online and grass-roots donors who could power her coming presidential campaign.

But after Ms. Gillibrand’s big announcement in January, her expensively laid plans unraveled as those potential contributors all but vanished.

Ms. Gillibrand raised less money from small contributors in her first quarter as a presidential candidate than she had in six of the eight previous quarters when she wasn’t running for president, according to federal campaign records.

Twelve other candidates, including Andrew Yang and Marianne Williamson, have notched 65,000 donors, the threshold to qualify for the Democratic debates. It’s not that hard if you have any kind of national appeal. Bernie Sanders had 225,000 individual donors on his first *day.* But Gillibrand’s still not there despite having launched her campaign two months ago. Draw your own conclusions.

Here’s de Blasio playing the part of Rosie O’Donnell.

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Divided America comes together in gleeful scorn for De Blasio presidential bid

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“Scornful glee” might be more accurate. Either way, my experience today reading news coverage, watching man-on-in-the-street interviews in NYC, and following social media completely jibes with Katherine Miller’s headline at BuzzFeed, “Everybody’s Having A Great Time Hating De Blasio.” There seem to be no geographic or ideological lines to it either. If you’re a righty, you hate him because he’s a lefty. If you’re a lefty, you hate him because the field is already oversaturated with more likable, and more progressive, progressives. If you live outside New York, you hate him because he’s a g-ddamned New Yorker. If you live in New York, you hate him because … well, because you’re a New Yorker. New Yorkers hate him too.

The big winner of his entry into the race, I think, is Beto O’Rourke, just because Beto’s been filling the role of designated media whipping boy for months. That changes now.

Miller was outside ABC’s studio in Manhattan this morning for de Blasio’s appearance on “Good Morning, America.” She found an atmosphere that was almost festive, with people from all walks of life brought together in their mutual laughing contempt at the thought of a “De Blasio for president” campaign.

But eventually the entire situation melded into one big “LIAR” chant, subsuming a variety of other chants about inability to run the city and so forth, and uniting the people. Teen tourists put on foam fingers and joined in. A pair of women “on holiday” shouted “LIE-AHHR.”

Another family of tourists came up and asked not-quite-audible questions about what the protest was about (audible answer: “because he’s an asshole”), and one clad in a black Houston Rockets hat followed it up with, “Why is he a liar?” Occasionally, people would walk up, ask what was going on, and laugh.

Setting aside Bill de Blasio, human man, and whatever critiques and commendations you may want to bestow upon him, and whether de Blasio has a chance (since you really never know), and whether there’s a real darkness in this kind of joy: People are having a lot of fun.

“People are having a lot of fun” is like saying “People are responding well to that new Avengers movie.” I mean, really:

Satire sites are in on it:

The president’s in on it too. Trump and the Onion, united at last!

It’s like a national dunk tank with Blas getting flushed over and over. If you believe Pro Publica’s reporter, de Blasio’s interest in running is itself rooted in hate — hate for his job as twice-elected mayor of greatest city in the world, specifically:

Go figure that he’s unpopular among his own constituents.

I don’t follow left-wing politics closely enough to grasp fully why even progressives seem to dislike him so much. He’s committed his share of ideological heresies, but so has every other candidate running. Just this week we’ve watched Elizabeth Warren hint that Bernie Sanders is a sellout for having fed the right-wing “hate machine” at Fox News by participating in a town hall there. I think Blas suffers from an unfortunate combination of abrasiveness, anti-charisma, in which people take a personal dislike to him for no clearly articulable reason, and hubris in believing there’s some meaningful political gap in a field of 23 candidates which only he can fill. He may be in a sort of “uncanny valley” in his prominence as a public figure too in which he’s not so obscure that his longshot bid can be politely tolerated and ignored (Steve Bullock, Michael Bennet, Andrew Yang) but also not so popular or personally compelling that he’s worth paying serious attention to (as Biden and Bernie are). He’s just sort of … there, for no apparent reason, and Democratic voters who are already exasperated with the size of the field now have to make more room for him. They’ll make him pay for it.

In lieu of an exit question, two very enjoyable short man-on-the-street vignettes for you.

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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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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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Turkey’s president didn’t like an election outcome so he’s “fixing” it

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Our “ally” in Turkey continues to blaze a trail toward a future for his country that looks less and less democratic by the day. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s PK party didn’t fare all that well in the country’s recent round of parliamentary elections. They didn’t lose power, but there was definitely a shift in the electorate and opposition parties fared better than in previous years. One place where Erdogan’s candidates did especially poorly was in the major city of Istanbul. Erdogan’s party’s candidate for mayor was defeated there by Ekrem Imamoglu of the CHP party. That apparently didn’t sit well with the President, so he’s decided to take an unusual course of action. He’s having the election run again. (Reuters)

Turkey’s main opposition party said on Tuesday its candidate for Istanbul mayor would again contest and win the post, after the election board ordered a re-run of the city election in a ruling that has spooked investors and drawn European criticism.

President Tayyip Erdogan had pushed hard for the re-run after his ruling AK Party (AKP) lost control of Turkey’s biggest city in the March 31 poll and he welcomed the High Election Board’s (YSK) decision. But one opposition leader compared it to a “civilian coup” and Germany urged Ankara to respect democracy.

Highlighting the risks of a re-run for Erdogan and the AKP, several smaller opposition parties who fielded their own candidates in the March poll signaled that this time round they could back the ousted mayor, Ekrem Imamoglu of the Republican People’s Party (CHP), a potentially significant move given the tight margin of his original victory.

It seems pretty clear what’s going on here. Erdogan’s claims of “corruption” in the election process are just another way of saying that he doesn’t like the outcome. And by golly, he’ll keep having that election until he gets a result that suits him. It’s a heck of a way to run a government.

This has angered the voters in Istanbul and they’ve been taking to the streets in protest for days. The chairman of the opposition party addressed the crowds, declaring in a sarcastic fashion that it was “illegal to win against the AK Party“. But the AKP might not have such an easy time of it in the rerun. There were several third-party candidates in the mayor’s race who soaked up some of the votes. This time they are all saying they will drop out and toss their support to the CHP. Erdogan’s people may have to seriously cook the books to make it look like they won next time.

This is only the latest in a long series of disappointing developments in Turkey since Erdogan fully consolidated his power. Not that long ago, Turkey was one of the most promising examples of a country working toward freedom and democracy in that region. Their economy was competitive and thriving and the citizens enjoyed more freedom than they had in the past. But ever since the Tyrant of Turkey rewrote the constitution and placed almost unchallenged power in his own office they’ve been going downhill. And if Erdogan is just going to start voiding elections where he doesn’t like the results, there isn’t much of a light on the horizon for them.

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De Blasio 2020 POTUS bid? He’ll get back to you on that

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Looks like Allahpundit spoke a little too soon last Friday when he wrote about New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio jumping on the Democrats’ 2020 presidential primary bandwagon. We can’t blame him, though. Hizzoner had everyone fooled with leaks that he was going to be announcing by tomorrow, but it might have been a head fake. When pressed on the question by local media yesterday, de Blasio insisted that nothing was finalized and he’s still making up his mind. (NY Post)

Mayor de Blasio will not formally announce his much-teased presidential run this week, a source close to his political operation confirmed to The Post on Monday.

Hizzoner has teased a possible White House run for months, touring early key Democratic primary states as he tests the waters for a possible 2020 bid. However, he has always demurred to provide a specific timeline for when he will make up his mind about launching a campaign, only saying in recent days that a decision is coming “soon.”

But, preparations have continued to ramp up. Two more City Hall staffers went on vacation leave to begin working for his political operation last week.

The Mayor has been doing everything but making a formal announcement for a while now. He’s been visiting the early primary states, giving speeches on subjects of national policy matters and raising money for state Democratic parties through his PAC. All of that effort hasn’t helped him much, however. The only polls where his name is even included show his support is less than one percent. Of course, as an undeclared candidate, perhaps he’s expecting a bump after his formal announcement.

It’s tough to imagine that any of the frontrunners are terribly worried about de Blasio entering the race. Even if he started building up any sort of momentum it’s not as if they’d have to do much work to come up with a fat folder of oppo research on him. The infamous groundhog killer is still on tap to testify in a series of corruption trials that have been swirling around his administration. If his opponents need any highlight reel material, they could probably start with an interview with a guy who is currently sitting in prison after pleading guilty to bribing the mayor. Another trial currently playing out involves stories that literally include private jets full of hookers going to Las Vegas.

And let’s not forget the woman who could potentially be America’s next First Lady if Bill were to be elected. Chirlane McCray is currently being grilled over what happened to nearly a billion dollars of taxpayer money that was flushed into a new mental health initiative a few years back. She can’t seem to explain what was accomplished with all that cash, nor are there records showing where much of the money went.

The list goes on from there. If anyone wanted to take de Blasio’s presidential aspirations seriously, he should be the easiest person in the field to shoot down. But hey… you go for it, Mr. Mayor. This is America, and everyone deserves a chance to try if they like.

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