Democrats may have their man for 2020.
The left believes New York mayor Bill DeBlasio could unseat President Trump.
Running a big city isn’t just potholes, garbage pickup and parking fines. In recent years, it’s been immigration, police violence and culture wars -- national issues that may boost the prospect of a mayor unseating President Donald Trump in 2020.
Last month, New York’s Bill de Blasio traveled to Baltimore, Austin and Washington D.C., presenting his progressive politics as the Democrats’ path to victory. This month, Eric Garcetti left Los Angeles for two days in Iowa, where caucuses start the presidential selection process. Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans, whose second term ends in May, has embarked on a national book tour speaking about race relations.
No U.S. mayor has ever gone directly to the White House from City Hall. There’s an increasing chance that the next presidential go-round may break that streak, as a majority of voters say Trump lacks leadership skills. Well before mid-term elections in November, a time when candidates usually form exploratory committees, some mayors are splitting town to promote their competencies while espousing non-Trumpian views.
“There’s every possibility a mayor will be seriously considered for president in 2020,” said Peter Hart, a Washington-based pollster who has advised candidates for president, U.S. Senate and governor for more than 40 years. “Voters may find it reassuring to consider someone who has actually run a government.”
If DeBlasio is their best option, it looks like a 2020 victory for President Trump for sure.