Third time’s a charm. Well, at least that’s what many optimistic New Yorkers are hoping upon hearing that Hillary Clinton may run for mayor of the Big Apple. According to supermarket magnate John Catsimatidis, Clinton is “50-50” on the prospect of resurrecting her political career by taking on Bill de Blasio later this year.
“I spoke to her about it, but she didn’t indicate or signal to me [whether she would run]. She didn’t say never, she didn’t say no. In my personal opinion, it’s 50-50,” the billionaire owner of Gristedes Foods told The Real Deal Magazine on Monday. “If Hillary runs, I won’t,” he said. Catsimatidis ran as a Republican in the 2013 mayoral primary but lost.
Catsimatidis’s feverish announcement follows reports that both Hillary and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, are in talks with top advisors about returning to politics.
As for now, however, any excitement concerning Hillary returning to the political fray is idealistic and premature. Multiple conflicting reports have mentioned that neither Mr. or Mrs. Clinton are seeking positions in public office again, maintaining that a comeback from either politican would not include another campaign.
However, if this were to happen, local democratic activists have been vocal online and off, insisting they would rally to Clinton’s side without hesitation. “Hillary would be a better mayor than de Blasio,” said Gregory Floyd, president of Teamsters Local 237. “Every week we hear about investigations about fund-raising and city property being given away to real estate developers.”
Some say Clinton’s allies are pushing talk of her mayoral run to “torture” de Blasio for having waited so long to back her in the presidential race, according to one Democratic Party official.
If she ran, a Clinton win would be likely, considering she captured 79 percent of the vote in New York City’s five boroughs in the November election. According to the results of a recent poll of 1,138 New York City voters, Clinton would receive 49 percent of the vote running as an independent compared to just 30 percent for the Democratic incumbent.
Then again, these are likely the same people who thought she would be our next president, so let’s not get our hopes up just yet. But if she does run and win, she’ll at least end the year cracking another glass ceiling, as the first female mayor of New York City.