New York, NY - Report: With More Bad News For NYC Mayor, Search May Be On For His 2017 Replacement
New York, NY - The already frosty relationship between Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio will likely be getting even chillier with the governor reportedly leveraging the latest controversies rocking City Hall to oust the mayor in the next election.
According to an article in Sunday’s New York Post, top Democratic sources have said that multiple swirling probes, all of which feature de Blasio as a common denominator, have made the mayor increasingly vulnerable, a situation that Cuomo is hoping to use to his advantage.
“There’s the smell of blood around de Blasio,” observed one prominent Democrat. “Everybody knows his numbers are bad and some of the people who said initially that they were not going to run are now seriously reconsidering.”
Two likely contenders are Bronx borough president Ruben Diaz Jr. and comptroller Scott Stringer. While both had originally said that they would not consider a run in the 2017 mayoral race, the recent investigations reportedly have them rethinking a City Hall run.
New York State GOP Chairman Ed Cox called for a return of the integrity that he said was evident when former mayors Rudolph Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg were in office, slamming de Blasio for his failures.
“At the very best, de Blasio has had his head in the clouds, wanting to be the ‘progressive leader’ of the world and not paying attention to managing the city,” said Cox. “At the very worst, which is possible here, he’s been mired in corruption.”
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