De Blasio can court progressives, but not the City Council -

De Blasio can court progressives, but not the City Council

De Blasio can court progressives, but not the City Council




So Mayor de Blasio can stroll and chew gum on the identical time. Too dangerous he can’t sway the Metropolis Council whereas he’s doing it.

De Blasio was off in Iowa, strolling and chewing to bemuse the press, on the day that working politicians again dwelling minimize the deal to make Corey Johns on the subsequent speaker.

Of the eight candidates, Johnson was probably the most vocally anti-de Blasio.

The mayor vehemently denies studies that he was totally blindsided by the information. Then again, he does get blindsided so much, doesn’t he?

By all accounts, the deal is a triumph for the Queens and Bronx machines, which de Blasio managed to end-run 4 years in the past when he engineered the rise of Melissa Mark-Viverito. However that was on the very begin of his mayoralty; now he’ll be passed by 2022 — whereas the machines appear to final without end.

To be truthful, it’s additionally a triumph for Johnson in his personal proper, and a formidable feat for a man who’s simply 35.

After all, most audio system develop mayoral ambitions of their very own. That’s one other signal de Blasio may face hassle with the council: Everybody is aware of that Chris Quinn’s cooperation with Mayor Mike Bloomberg helped sink her 2013 marketing campaign.

The mayor, with way more institutional energy than the council, will nonetheless have the higher hand. However the necessity to fend off each Gov. Cuomo punching down and Speaker Johnson punching up may depart de Blasio much less time to chase his nationwide ambitions.

Or possibly he’ll simply hand over gum.