Politics

Poll: Americans Don't Want Hillary To Run For NYC Mayor

| by Ray Brown

Rumors have been swirling that former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will run for mayor of New York City, but a new poll indicates Americans don't want her to lead the Big Apple.

According to a Rasmussen poll, which surveyed 1,000 likely U.S. voters from across the country, 58 percent of respondents don't think the former New York senator should run for mayor of New York City, while only 23 percent said that she should.

Another 19 percent said they weren't sure.

Clinton, who lives in the exclusive New York suburb of Chappaqua, is rumored to be considering a run against current New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in the Democratic primary for that race.

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The rumor began with a Jan. 6 story in the New York Daily News that said an anonymous source close to Clinton said she was considering running against de Blasio in the primary.

Although Clinton easily won New York City in the Democratic presidential primary against Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and trounced President Donald Trump there in the general election, others don't believe she'd be such a good candidate for a local race.

"She doesn’t really have a natural constituency," said Kenneth Sherrill, professor emeritus of political science at Hunter College, according to the New York Daily News. "It is much easier to identify her with national and international issues than it is to identify her with urban local issues."

Also, he added: "I cannot picture her at a subway stop at 7:30 in the morning (campaigning) for the next several months."

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Nonetheless, Clinton does have backers in New York City who would be happy if she threw her hat in the ring.

"She won New York City in a landslide last November, and she’d win in a landslide again," said Bradley Tusk, a former deputy mayor to Michael Bloomberg who the New York Daily News reported is leading an effort to unseat de Blasio. "She’s wildly popular here, had a great tenure as senator from New York, and mayor is one of the few jobs worthy of her talents."

But New York Post columnist Karol Marcowicz said Clinton, who has now twice run for president and lost both times, could best serve New York City and the country by staying out of further pursuits for elected office.

"If Hillary Clinton cares about the future of her party, and of her country, she’ll take a step back now and let the country stop thinking about her for a moment," Marcowicz wrote. "It’s time for the nation and the Clintons to go their separate ways. It’s time to, in the favorite words of the Clinton clan’s longtime defenders, move on."

Sources: New York Daily News, New York Post, Rasmussen / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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