Facing a storm of criticism back in the ‘Big Apple’ and never catching on in the polling?
De Blasio drops out of the race for the Democratic nomination….
He’ll have company in the coming months before the primary votes even begin….
It appears that the race is down to about a half a dozen and the actual race may involve just two of them…
Mayor Bill de Blasio finally pulled the plug on his ill-fated presidential bid that failed to draw more than 1 percent support in national polls — but brought plenty of ire from New Yorkers who elected him to run the country’s largest city.
“I feel like I’ve contributed all I can to this primary election and it’s clearly not my time so I’m going to end my presidential campaign,” de Blasio said on “Morning Joe” Friday, over four months after launching his long-shot campaign on May 16.
The 58-year-old — notorious for his tardiness at official city events — said he “started later than I would have liked.”
In an opinion piece for NBC News, de Blasio, the 24th Democrat to jump in the crowded field last spring, said he was going to put his progressive presidential policy ideas to work in New York City.
“I’m to redouble my efforts to improve the quality of life of everyday New Yorkers, proving that policies like guaranteed paid personal time off can work on a grand scale,” he said. Adding that he’ll also “continue implementing universal health care and a Green New Deal in the nation’s largest city.”
De Blasio said he’d stay involved in national politics, though he declined to endorse a candidate….