The smell that Wont go away Hillary Clinton, May run as mayor of New York?
Even after the turmoil of the 2016 presidential bout, political hubbub continues.
Consider that Hillary Clinton is now mulling a run for New York City mayor in an election that will take place in just nine months. No, really.
She is being urged by “major Democratic donors and leaders” to challenge incumbent Bill de Blasio, says John Gizzi, White House correspondent for Newsmax who cites unnamed sources in local Democratic and media circles and suggests that Mrs. Clinton’s famous “inner circle” is intrigued by the whole idea of Madame Mayor.
“If she ran, she’d win,” one insider told Mr. Gizzi.
Well, who knows? Perhaps former President Bill Clinton will get to serve as a “first gentleman” after all. And if President-elect Donald Trump
establishes a Manhattan White House of sorts at Trump Tower, the dynamics could be most interesting.
The news media is keen on the notion of “Mayor Clinton”; a dozen major reports addressing the possibilities have appeared in the last 24 hours. It’s not a new idea, however.
Convinced she was an ideal candidate, Michael Bloomberg – once Big Apple mayor himself – contacted Mrs. Clinton in 2012 and urged her to enter the race the following year, according to The New York Times. What about residency requirements?
“The Clintons live in the Westchester County hamlet of Chappaqua, but state law requires only that a candidate for mayor be a New York City resident by Election Day, a spokesman for the State Board of Elections said,” The Times notes.
Should she decide to take the plunge this time around, Mrs. Clinton has some serious competition: nine other Democrats are eyeing the plum post, along with Republican billionaire and talk radio host John Catsimatidis, who reportedly plans to reveal his ultimate mayoral plans some time this month.
“I’m a people person. I’m a law-and-order person. I believe our people from the inner city have to be helped. Maybe we should start a new party called the Common Sense Party,” Mr. Catsimatidis recently noted in a radio appearance.