He’d be the 22nd person in the 2020 Democratic Presidential nomination sweepstake contest….
His announcement should be in the middle of next week….
Mayor de Blasio will jump into the 2020 presidential race next week, according to four people with knowledge of his plans, entering a crowded field of 21 other Democratic hopefuls and two Republicans — dead last.
The 2020 kickoff could come as early as de Blasio’s birthday on Wednesday, when he’ll turn 58, two sources said.
And not a second too soon. The last-minute announcement by the mayor — whose reputation for being late was cemented by his tardiness to a 2014 event honoring victims of American Airlines Flight 587 — has many politicos scratching their heads.
“Whatever theoretical bases he may target are already being courted by nationally recognized figures,” one of the sources said. “He may have a shot if every Democratic candidate is caught sending racy selfies to minors.”
De Blasio has said he wouldn’t run if he didn’t think he could make it all the way to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
“I was the underdog in everything I’ve ever been near, and I’m not saying that with any hubris,” the mayor said Thursday. “Any time I get in a race I get in it to win.”
De Blasio’s been laying the groundwork for a campaign for months, traveling to key early voting primary states across the country and moving staff from City Hall to work for his federal political action committee…..