New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio hinted on Friday, Sept. 3, that that he may run for the state governor in 2022.
The mayor revealed his intention of a gubernatorial run when he discussed Hurricane Ida’s impact on the city on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” New York Post reported.
De Blasio initially said that he is focusing on collaborating and working with Gov. Kathy Hochul and “bringing this city back” from the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic and the wrath of Hurricane Ida. However, he later admitted that he is “absolutely” considering future political office.
“The politics, that’s next year,” the Democrat governor said. “But look, I believe in public service. I’ve done it my whole life. I want to keep working on crucial issues and causes.”
“So we’ll see what the future brings,” de Blasio said.
When asked if it was “fair to say” that he was “at least considering the run” for governor, the mayor replied: “I want to keep serving in one way or another in the future, so I’m going to look at different options. Absolutely!”
De Blasio will leave City Hall in four months due to term limits.
According to Politico, the mayor has begun phoning several labor leaders in recent days to gauge support for a prospective run for governor.
A union affiliate familiar with the calls told Politico that de Blasio is flagging that he is considering running for the New York governor.
“He’s just asking friends to hold off on making a decision” about endorsements until he figures out his plans, the person said.
New York just replaced Andrew Cuomo with Kathy Hochul as governor in August after the former resigned after the New York State Attorney General’s Office found he harassed 11 women staffers. Hochul is the first female governor in the state’s history.