There’s an intriguing rumor involving Hillary Clinton’s post-election plans that is gathering momentum in New York City political circles and even on Capitol Hill: That the former U.S. senator and secretary of state may consider challenging New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is up for re-election later this year. The idea has been floating around the political ether since Clinton lost the presidential election in November, but it’s been picking up steam recently, in part, because the Clinton camp has not extinguished it. According to The New York Times, reporters questioning Clinton spokesperson Nick Merrill about the possibility of her jumping into the 2017 race have been kept at an arm’s length and told that the Clinton camp declines to comment on the rumors. And de Blasio’s aides have also declined to comment specifically on the matter.
Most political observers agree that the chances Clinton will actually mount a bid for mayor in 2017 are minuscule, at best. But the possibility of her taking on de Blasio in the 2017 race is irresistible on so many levels. First, it would be a case of a Democrat trying to unseat another Democrat. Second, it would be Clinton trying to unseat the man who ran her successful campaign for U.S. senator in 2000 — and who seriously dragged his feet before endorsing her in the 2016 presidential race. Third, if she won, Clinton would suddenly be the mayor of Donald Trump’s hometown. Ha! And fourth — perhaps best of all — Clinton would shatter a major glass ceiling if she won, becoming the first woman mayor in New York City’s history.
Think it can’t happen? Think again. Bradley Tusk, a former top aide to de Blasio’s predecessor Michael Bloomberg told The New York Times that a recent private poll of New York Democrats showed that she would win a head-to-head race with de Blasio. And Tusk thinks Clinton would emerge victorious if she ran. But he too cautioned that the odds of her actually taking the plunge are long. “The reality is that she’s not going to,” he said.
Ahhh, to sleep, perchance to dream.
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