He’s a certified Progressive…
He running the biggest city in America….
He has traveled to three early presidential primary states, held $5,000-a-plate events for donors and hired a small-dollar fund-raising consultant.
He spoke at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a pro-Israel lobbying group, and is now on another trip to raise money in Boston, after which he will meet with Democratic activists in Las Vegas.
These are the concrete steps of a man preparing to run for president.
But thus far, that man, Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City, would prefer that his words speak louder than his actions. When asked if he plans to run for president, he gives the same answers. He is “not ruling anything out,” and will consult with his family before making a decision, one that he says will come “sooner than later.”
Bank on sooner.
Mr. de Blasio has had two City Hall aides working on his tentative campaign on their own time; one of them, Mike Casca, is a veteran of Senator Bernie Sanders’s 2016 presidential campaign, and worked in the senator’s office.
The other mayoral aide helping Mr. de Blasio with his 2020 exploration is Jon Paul Lupo; last month, Mr. Lupo brought aboard Trilogy Interactive, a Washington, D.C.-based company that does digital fund-raising and marketing for political campaigns and others, to assist the mayor’s national political action committee, Fairness PAC.
Mr. de Blasio created Fairness PAC to fund national Democratic candidates, and to pay for his and his wife’s political travel outside of New York. The fund raised just over $600,000 last year and has spent almost as much…..