When Bill de Blasio decided to run for New York City Council in 2001 after managing Hillary Clinton’s successful U.S. Senate campaign, political observers were bewildered.
After spending the previous year attending late-night strategy sessions at the White House and earning a shout-out on The West Wing, the rising star could have landed a lucrative consulting position or launched a big-money K Street firm. Instead, he opted to compete in a crowded, long-shot race for the chance to debate zoning regulations and field constituent calls.
Some thought he’d gone mad. This paper suggested that, at 39, he was in the midst of a mid-life crisis.
Only days after railing against the entire slate of Democratic mayoral candidates for playing politics with people’s lives–a big failing, he suggested, as public safety is “the most important job of any mayor, period”–Mayor Michael Bloomberg heaped heavy praise on one of those would-be successors.
“Chris Quinn has done a very good job as speaker,” Mr. Bloomberg declared during his weekly WOR radio show this morning. “Whether you’re going to vote for her or not, she has been a very good speaker. The city has been very well served by her. I don’t think that she gets enough credit for it.”