Political bedfellows

After months of silence, New York City mayor endorses Hillary Clinton

Six months after Hillary Clinton launched her 2016 White House bid, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has finally given her his endorsement. (STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

A week after Hillary Clinton announced her 2016 candidacy, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio showed up on NBC’s Meet the Press and made a startling statement: He was not prepared to endorse Clinton, the former secretary of state and former U.S. senator from New York. De Blasio served as the campaign manager for Clinton’s successful 2000 senate campaign, so the snub made national headlines. The mayor explained to Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd, “I think, like a lot of people in this country, I want to see a vision. Substance and vision does it.”

On Friday morning, during an appearance on MSNBC this time, de Blasio changed his tune, telling the hosts of Morning Joe, “The candidate who I believe can fundamentally address income inequality effectively, the candidate who has the right vision, the right experience and the ability to get the job done is Hillary Clinton.”

The endorsement is a pivotal one for Clinton — her campaign says the mayor’s seal of approval will usher in the endorsements of 85 mayors from across the U.S. — and it could be a bellwether of her inevitability as the Democratic party’s nominee. De Blasio’s long delay in endorsing his former boss was seen as his search for an alternative, more progressive candidate. De Blasio is viewed as being among the most progressive politicians in the Democratic party, so left-wing, in fact, that the Obama administration was unmoved by the mayor’s rollout of a 13-point progressive plan back in May of this year. The obvious progressive choice would’ve been Bernie Sanders, the upstart U.S. senator from Vermont, with whom de Blasio secretly met in early October. Apparently, whatever Sanders said to de Blasio in that meeting wasn’t more convincing than what the Clinton machine offered.

Read the full story at The New York Times.

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