Maybe being mayor of the biggest city in the country ain’t such a bad gig, after all.
About 60 hours after quitting his widely panned presidential campaign, Mayor de Blasio made a show of embracing his day job with gusto, giving a large press conference inside his old haunt of City Hall on Monday.
“There’s a whole lot more where that came from,” Hizzoner added. “It’s going to be a race to the finish.”
The mayor has a little over two years to win over New Yorkers who were disgusted by his presidential run, which drew support from a humiliating zero percent of the city’s Democratic voters, according to the last Siena College poll taken during his campaign.
After coming under heavy criticism for frequent trips outside the city, de Blasio on Monday promised to travel less.
“It’s nice to not have to schlepp around,” he said.
De Blasio struck an almost-nostalgic note during the press conference, using the slogan for his doomed campaign.
“I talked a lot about about, over the last month, putting working people first,” the mayor said. “Giving people retirement security means we actually respect the people who do the work.”
In addition to breathing new life into his stalled policy proposals, de Blasio said he’s still going to try to shape the national debate.
“As mayor of New York City, I have a strong platform to speak from,” he said. “So I’m going to use it. I think if the ideas are good, they can have impact.”
He even mentioned his proposed “robot tax,” one of the last ideas he rolled out before quitting the presidential race, albeit the idea drew more snickers than serious debate.
“You cannot fix the problems in New York City just in New York City,” de Blasio said. “If we don’t come up with a national policy to address automation, that’s going to affect potentially hundreds of thousands of New York City workers for the worse.”
The aftermath of de Blasio’s presidential saga might not be completely over yet.
Last week, federal election officials demanded clarification of a $52,852 debt his presidential campaign owed his NY Fairness PAC.
The mayor on Monday said the debt had been repaid. It was not clear if his campaign still faced an audit or enforcement action that the Federal Election Committee had threatened.