De Blasio, whose second term as mayor ended last year, announced on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that he would seek a Democratic nomination in Congress’ 10th constituency, which would include part of Manhattan and part of West Brooklyn.
“Right now we are going through so many problems,” De Blasio told Eyewitness News reporter NJ Burkett on Friday. “I’ve talked to a lot of New Yorkers who are really suffering because of COVID, because of the cost of living, and they need real answers. They need help now.”
He admits his polls were low when he left office, but he believes voters know he had better intentions.
“(Poll) is fine, because we make tough decisions, especially in times of crisis,” he said. “I believe I did my best and did what I thought was right to protect the people in this city. And in the end, I think a lot of people will look at it and say we need help now We need someone who knows how to do it. We need someone who was there. “
He also knows that many people are calling for fresh – and younger – blood in Congress, especially in the Democratic Party.
“What matters is your commitment to serving people and making a difference in their lives,” he said. “The goal here, especially in times of deep uncertainty, is to show people the way forward.”
The redrawn map became a great motivation to draw him into the race.
“This district of Congress looks like my old City Council district,” he said. “I come from this community. This is where my children were born. This is where I got married. This is my community and the opportunity to serve my community and make a difference, especially at a time when there are so many problems and challenges.”
Democratic MP Jerry Nadler now represents New York’s 10th District, but will no longer live in the district on maps redrawn under the supervision of a New York judge.
Nadler said he considers the new cards unconstitutional, but if the proposed constituencies become final on Friday, he intends to run in the 12th constituency, which is currently represented by MP Carolyn Maloney.
The primaries have been postponed from June to August 23.
The 61-year-old De Blasio played with the gubernatorial candidate this year, but decided not to object to incumbent Democrat Katie Hochul. He also briefly ran for president in 2019.
(Associated Press contributed to this report)
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