2/24/17, DeBlasio exits NYC building after 5 hours of questioning by feds:
2/26/17, "De Blasio’s quest for national respect hits another roadblock," NY Post Editorial Board
"Mayor de Blasio’s endless drive to win respect as a national
progressive leader hit another banana peel Saturday with the defeat of
his candidate to chair the Democratic National Committee.
The mayor had dramatically flown to Atlanta on Friday afternoon,
after his 4½-hour grilling by federal prosecutors probing the possible
sale of City Hall favors, to rally support for Minnesota Rep. Keith
The change-the-subject stunt annoyed some in the Ellison camp. As
Mary Kay Linge and Aaron Short reported in Sunday’s Post, one Democratic
source said Ellison allies had asked de Blasio not to come: “The buzz
is, what the f–k was he doing here?”
After all, the mayor has built a rep not so much as a progressive
leader but as a progressive opportunist. During the long Bernie
Sanders-Hillary Clinton contest for the 2016 presidential nomination, he
first tried (and failed) to play power broker, as with his unsuccessful
efforts to make both candidates attend his own issues forum.
Behind the scenes, he was trying to get the Clinton camp to make him
its point man with progressives as a condition of his support. In the
end, he got nothing for holding out months after virtually every other
New York elected Democrat had endorsed Clinton.
Perhaps de Blasio was looking to reconnect with the Bernie bros by
going all-in for Ellison: Sanders and American Federation of Teachers
chief Randi Weingarten were the two main speakers when Ellison announced
for the job.
In the end, though, former Labor Secretary Tom Perez — the preferred candidate of former President Barack Obama — won.
Meanwhile, de Blasio burned bridges with other local Democrats by
failing to support the DNC vice-chair bids of Bronx Assemblyman Michael
Blake and Queens Rep. Grace Meng. (Instead, he backed a California labor
In a speech Friday night at a private party (he didn’t get a slot at
the actual meeting), the mayor complained that people had come to see
Democrats as “a party of lobbyists and consultants.” Funny: The mayor
himself not only faces multiple probes into his relationship with
lobbyists, he’s also in court fighting to keep the public from seeing
his communications with lobbyist-consultants he declared to be secret
“agents of the city.”
Perhaps the rest of the progressive movement has good reason for not wanting de Blasio as its leader."