New York City residents are fuming after learning Mayor Bill de Blasio is spending a lot more time campaigning for president than he is managing the nation’s largest city, while seemingly failing at both endeavors.
De Blasio spent less than a full work day at City Hall in all of May, the month he announced plans to run for the Democratic nomination for president.
The New York Post reports:
Hizzoner showed up at his office on just six occasions in May, taking part in two meetings, four events and five phone calls, one of which was his weekly appearance on WNYC radio, according to entries on his official calendar.
The 11 appointments amounted to a meager one-fifth of the 50 meetings, calls and other events at City Hall on de Blasio’s calendar for May 2019. He had a total of 152 city events scheduled for the month.
Many New Yorkers opposed de Blasio’s run for president over concerns it would distract the mayor from his obligations to city residents, and groups from Black Lives Matter to the city’s police benevolent association were out in force to protest the decision in May.
In the months since, those fears have turned to nightmares as widespread homelessness, attacks on police, power outages and other problems continue to plague the Big Apple, with de Blasio often phoning it in from the campaign trail.
Those of us with power can see our fearless leader addressing us from Waterloo, Iowa, where there is ample power. pic.twitter.com/DdTgjaoM15
— Joe Borelli (@JoeBorelliNYC) July 14, 2019
“We actually care about our dignity and it’s embarrassing right now for New York state and New York City,” Republican state Assemblyman Mike LiPetri told Fox & Friends on Wednesday. “(De Blasio’s) gone. Homelessness is rampant. Criminals are emboldened. Police are disrespected.”
LiPetri pointed to the Post report and publicly called on the mayor to give it up – both his position as mayor and failing presidential campaign.
Tita Concepcion lives in public housing in New York and came all the way to Sioux City to confront Mayor de Blasio about the problems at @NYCHA. New Yorkers, if you want some face time with your mayor, he’ll be in South Carolina today and tomorrow morning. pic.twitter.com/S6AkjxTAON
— Grace Rauh (@gracerauh) May 18, 2019
“I’m shocked he even logged that many hours at city hall,” he said. “Not only (should de Blasio) withdraw from the presidential campaign … but on top of it, he should resign from being mayor because he doesn’t care about the people.”
That was essentially the same message Jason Selvig had in mind when he put up “Missing” posters around midtown Manhattan late last month with the mayor’s image.
“Have you seen this man? New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio,” the poster read, along with a description of his age, height and weight.
“Last seen embarrassing himself in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina,” it continued. “If seen please tell him to immediately return to New York and do the job he was elected to do.”
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) August 26, 2019
The posters asked anyone with “information about this man’s whereabouts” to email deBlasioForResident@gmail.com.
Selvig told the Post he was inspired in part by polls that showed de Blasio polling at zero percent in the Democratic primary, and he hasn’t received a single email that supports the mayor’s presidential bid.
“It seems like the country is full of people who either don’t know who Bill de Blasio is or wish they didn’t know who Bill de Blasio is,” Selvig said.
LiPetri and others believe de Blasio’s campaign is just a way for the mayor to skip out on his responsibilities for a campaign-funded vacation, though he does unite New Yorkers in his own special way.
“It’s frankly a smokescreen to distract from the poor job he’s doing as mayor,” he said. “You say he’s campaigning but, at the same time, he’s over in Nevada vacationing on the campaign donations he gets. So which one is it really?”
“The only time he really unites New York City is for his presidential campaign where everybody agrees that – don’t run, please don’t do this.”