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May 25, 2019

De Blasio says he won’t resign as mayor if he runs for President

March 13, 2019
Mayor de Blasio won’t step down from his day job at City Hall if he decides to run for president in 2020. (Jesse Ward for New York Daily News)

Mayor de Blasio won’t step down from his day job at City Hall if he decides to run for President in 2020.

“No,” Hizzoner said when asked whether a presidential run would mean he would resign from running the country’s biggest city, during an appearance on Fox 5’s Good Day New York.


De Blasio — who said his family would have to be on board for any presidential run — said he would serve the city “with full consideration of what has to get done.”

“Listen, there are a lot of people out there over the years who have to make a decision on whether to run for another office. It’s not the first time this has happened,” de Blasio said.

“You have to believe that you can make sure the things that need to be done are able to happen.”

De Blasio sets off for New Hampshire this weekend with plans to visit Manchester and Claremont, where his wife Chirlane McCray’s mother was born.

The mayor said McCray will have a say over whether he jumps into the crowded pool of 2020 Democratic presidential contenders.

“Whatever decision we make, we’re going to make it together,” he said. “Chirlane and I do everything together. We’re a partnership, we’re a team, we love each other, we want to do whatever we do together.”

McCray recently said during a Politico podcast that the timing wasn’t great for a presidential run, something she later sought to walk back. De Blasio said she was saying something “more universal.”

“It’s never an easy time to undertake something of this magnitude,” de Blasio said.

Polls have shown little support for de Blasio in early presidential contest states.

“I have never paid attention to polls, or I wouldn’t be sitting here,” de Blasio said. “It’s not where you start, it’s where you end.”

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