Fri Feb 14, 2020, 07:32 PM

De Blasio to endorse Bernie Sanders
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will endorse Bernie Sanders for president — a move intended to advance his own elusive quest for national relevance while underscoring his background as a left-leaning, establishment-wary Democrat, according to people familiar with the mayor's plans.

Though he styles himself a political risk-taker, the mayor is only taking the plunge after Sanders emerged victorious from the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, rather than when the Vermont senator’s chances seemed more tenuous last year.

In backing Sanders, de Blasio is embracing the left wing of the party in its battle with moderates like Pete Buttigieg and Mike Bloomberg, whose outsized campaign spending has vaulted him to the top tier in the crowded primary field.

De Blasio, whose steady support among black Democrats has weathered his many political storms, stands to be an effective surrogate for Sanders as he jockeys for an increasing share of Joe Biden’s diverse supporters. The mayor’s agenda of combating inequality — most closely aligned with his implementation of universal pre-kindergarten — his biracial family, his ties to prominent labor unions and the bully pulpit that comes with his day job make him a useful validator for Sanders.

He will begin his tour of duty in Nevada on Sunday, and plans to travel throughout the country for the campaign, according to people familiar with his plans.

And as the mayor of the nation’s largest city, de Blasio is one of the highest-ranking politicians to embrace Sanders’ unapologetically liberal White House bid.

But his greatest asset also stands to be a vulnerability on the trail.

De Blasio can speak to Bloomberg’s liabilities better than most, having inherited New York City from him after running against his record of race-based policing and perceived indifference to income inequality.
Call me callus, but this smells more of an audition for Veep. At 78, Bernie is not likely to live out a single term. That makes the Veep position all the greater a prize. Let the sucking up begin.

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Fri Feb 14, 2020, 07:42 PM

1. He's a crypto-communist who quotes Che Guevara. No surprise.

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