Most people would not insist on training 18km from their home if there is a perfect gym just around the corner, especially if they are harshly criticized by millions of people. But most people are not Bill de Blasio.
That's the thing with the mayor of New York: De Blasio becomes de Blasio, whether you like it or not. Many people do not do it.
De Blasio, who saw the president's 20-point field for 2020 in May and decided to throw his hat in the ring anyway, is a rather unpopular figure and national politics in both countries. Most New Yorkers do not want him running for president, and they are blatant about his job as mayor (though there is a racist component I'll discuss later). In the field of Democrats, the preference of the candidates is usually reflected in their prominence, ie the more democratic voters they know, the more they like them. With the exception of de Blasio.
Why do not people like the mayor of America's largest city? There is not a single explanation.
Politically, much of De Blasio's record is strong, and he has essentially achieved what he had set out to do when fighting for the mayor: he delivered a general pre-K and extended paid sick leave, drastically Reduced stop-and-frisk policing, and oversaw the city's $ 1
Rather, de Blasio's problem seems more a matter of style. De Blasio may turn out to be hypocritical, arrogant, stubborn, and preaching about the severity and extent of what he does. It can be assumed that he cares more about the symbolism of the big picture than the everyday life of urban politics, and he is not particularly charismatic. To make matters worse, he maintains an inconsistent relationship with the New York press, which takes place in the national media, as so many media companies are based in New York. Neither he nor she seems particularly inclined to change that. And to a certain extent, the New Yorkers will always hate the mayor they have, whoever it is.
"The problem is that people do not like him and he does not care," said Rebecca Katz, a longtime de Blasio consultant and founder of New Deal Strategies consulting firm. She added, "In terms of New York City, which is a beacon of progressive leadership, he has made some really strong progress, but his personality leaves much to be desired."
Bill de Blasio is unpopular among white New Yorkers
Before we examine why de Blasio is unpopular, it is important to point out who he is unpopular with because it is not everyone.
According to Quinnipiac University's April poll, 42 percent of New Yorkers support de Blasio's work as mayor, and 44 percent disapprove. But if you break it down into races, the numbers tell a different story: De Blasio's approval rate is 31-58 percent for white voters, 33-44 percent for Asian voters, 40-40 percent for Hispanic voters, and 66-23 for Hispanic voters Percent among black voters. In other words, de Blasio is bad for white voters in New York. It's a different story with the color voters.
"The entire cocktail party round abhors Bill de Blasio, and he's very excited about it, and it's a perfect storm by Krasse," Katz said. When de Blasio ran for mayor in 2013, he talked about a "history of two cities" – one for rich elites and money interests and one for everyone else.
"He told people who thought they were part of the solution, that they were part of the problem and would never understand it, because they themselves were not subject to the police and other problems," said a New York politician ,
Of course it's not just white elites who are turned off by de Blasio. Democratic MP Max Rose, who defeated former Republican MP Dan Donovan on the historically right-wing Staten Island in 2018, explicitly opposed de Blasio in his congressional race. He even carried out a campaign in which he attacked de Blasio.
It makes sense that de Blasio is unpopular with the working class whites, who are likely to agree with "Blue Lives Matter" and other views that are against the issues of racial justice for which de Blasio has campaigned and ruled.
When things are bad, de Blasio tends not to improve them.
One of New Blazio's most important anecdotes about de Blasio is that he works at the YMCA in Park Slope, Brooklyn, which is very far from Gracie Mansion on the Upper East Side, where he lives. Over the years he has gone to great lengths – taking a private car accompanied by a police escort is not good for the environment, traffic in New York no longer needs cars on the road, and it just seems like there are some are stupid attitude on his part. That being said, it's not a terrible transgression.
The trivial situation actually says a lot about who De Blasio is and why he can rub people wrong: All he has to do about it is little controversial to leave, is to find another gym. And he just will not do it.
"Sometimes [de Blasio’s] walking is good; That's what you want from your leaders, "said a former adjutant. "Sometimes it's silly and stubborn."
The mayor has scrutinized his antagonistic relationship with the press. In addition to national politicians such as the president and congressional leadership, the mayor of New York City is likely to have one of the largest press corps dedicated to him or her by any political figure in the country. It is important to maintain relations with reporters – with the exception of de Blasio. The result is a vicious circle of opposites on both sides. De Blasio may not be unusual among executives and known for his delay. So if he comes too late to press conferences, reporters tweet about his annoyance about his delay, and when he shows up, he's patronizing. No side is completely wrong – as Katz put it: "There are no heroes" in the situation – but de Blasio simply does not use the press to his advantage.
"It's a give-and-take relationship, and if there's hostility, especially from the person being covered, it does not help," said a longtime Blasio adviser. "It's just not a very good relationship, and that's a one-way street."
It is worth noting that this was not always the case. When de Blasio was a public lawyer, the relationship with the press was not so bad (though he was not nearly as well informed), and after his election in 2013, the momentum seemed positive. He appeared in The Daily Show with Jon Stewart in 2014 and made fun of his predecessor Michael Bloomberg and himself. (De Blasio was mocked for eating pizza with a knife and a fork – a no-no from New York – and he and Stewart did a bit of countering, and they also released a huge lemonade that contradicted Bloomberg's attempted lemonade ban.) The same year, the de Blasio family took part in the annual Mermaid Parade on Coney Island.
But the relationship has deteriorated – now de Blasio's presidential campaign can no longer bring him a city hall on CNN or MSNBC.
Part of the hate of de Blasio is petty, and part of it is not. t
As you may have noticed, part of the criticism de Blasio receives is not focused on the biggest problem (the gym, pizza eating). There are other examples: He's a Red Sox fan in a city with two big baseball teams. He has reportedly sometimes taken a nap in his office and accidentally dropped (and possibly killed) a groundhog. De Blasio's social media presence is sometimes terrible – His attempt to brand President Donald Trump #ConDon as Spanish for condom is not great.
When the grievances are substantial, they are sometimes about things he can not control – like the subway, which falls under the authority of the state and governor Andrew Cuomo. In 2018, New York City published thousands of pages of de Blasio's e-mails with external consultants following a long court-martial with local media. There was nothing unbearable about them, but when you see someone's private messages, you generally do not look good in public. (Just ask Hillary Clinton.)
Still, some of the problems are legitimate. There are ethical issues surrounding de Blasio. One of his former fundraisers was convicted of conspiracy to bribe NYPD officials. Another campaign donor pleaded guilty to bribing de Blasio to obtain favorable lease conditions for a restaurant in Queens. According to a recent city report, the New York Department of State investigation found that de Blasio violated conflict of interest rules when soliciting donations from people seeking favors. In 2017, federal and state prosecutors refused to bring charges against de Blasio and his adjutants after he initiated an investigation into him.
And sometimes his public attitude can be questioned. De Blasio initially courted Amazon and encouraged the New Yorkers to welcome his since then abandoned second headquarters project in Long Island City. But when Amazon withdrew, he turned against the company and criticized his decision as "the one-percent dictation to everyone else." People noticed the turnaround, especially as the speculation for 2020 increased.
The 2020 Run Does not help
Before de Blasio announced his 2020 presidential office In May, someone in his gym posted a flyer reading, "When you enter these premises, you agree that you will not be in favor of the President of the United States in 2020 or in any future presidential race States are running "a 2020 de Blasio campaign" damn mad ".
De Blasio decided to run anyway, and it has made his public reputation worse, not better. "The presidential nomination has reinforced what many believe," said Josh Greenman, editor-in-chief, New York Daily News.
The press, denouncing de Blasio, has denounced and ridiculed the mayor for his presumably doomed presidential election. (According to a RealClearPolitics average, de Blasio is 0.5 percent in polls.) When Manhattan's mid-July power outage hit, de Blasio campaigned for campaigns in Iowa. It was not a good sight, though he could not do anything about the situation wherever he was.
It's a puzzle every candidate faces for 2020 – if he misses some kind of event he should have otherwise attended because they're on the campaign. For the many senators and representatives in the race, they miss votes and hearings. In Blasio's case, a lot happens in New York City, and as voters and the press pay close attention, he'll get into trouble when it comes to campaigns. "Unlike other contestants in the race, he's forced to do things that are exciting every day," said Eric Phillips, de Blasio's former spokesman.
Of course, de Blasio is not the only New York mayor to hold national ambitions. Rudy Giuliani ran for president after his departure. Bloomberg played very openly with the idea. And de Blasio is not the only mayor who is unpopular. Giuliani's consent refused during his term before September 11. Bloomberg Approval Rating After the Financial Crisis As there is no third term (a rare exception granted to Bloomberg by the New York City Council in 2008 and reversed two years later by a referendum), New York City mayors have senior leadership experience who take a presidential election for granted – if only too often unsuccessful.
"New Yorkers like to hate the mayor they have," Greenman said.
De Blasio is in a difficult hole of improbability, from which he can not come out. His hitherto unfortunate 2020 offer, such as the Park Slope gym, is a symbol of what lies at the heart of his problem: most people see that they have virtually no chance to win and know what public countermeasures they are taking to face, would not run for the president. Not Bill de Blasio.