Bill de Blasio's 2020 Launch Has a Hiccup

Teenager scoops everyone by revealing NYC mayor's decision to run a day in advance
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2019 6:29 AM CDT

(Newser) – Another day, another Democratic candidate. This time it's New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who announced his 2020 campaign with a video and an appearance on Good Morning America, reports ABC News. The 58-year-old, currently in his second term, is running on a "working people first" theme. If he wins, he'll need to do a better job managing secrecy: The Washington Post notes that his launch was revealed in advance by a sharp-eyed teenager in St. Louis. Gabe Fleisher, 17, spotted a notice from the Democratic Party in Sioux, Iowa, announcing that de Blasio would be in town Friday for the "first stop on his Presidential announcement tour." Fleisher tweeted the news Wednesday, meaning the teen's Wake Up To Politics newsletter scooped every other media outlet.

"There’s plenty of money in this country," de Blasio says in his video. "It’s just in the wrong hands." He adds that he's a New Yorker, and "I’ve known (President) Trump's a bully for a long time. This is not news to me or anyone here, and I know how to take him on." De Blasio may have name recognition, but FiveThirtyEight notes that he is unpopular in his home city and has suffered some high-profile policy failures—for instance, he campaigned on a promise to curb homelessness, but New York's shelter system has only gotten more crowded. And his liberal base wasn't too thrilled that he tried to bring Amazon to town. "Then again, he has some debates coming up, and he isn't a stranger to a crowded primary field, so don’t rule him out just yet," writes Chadwick Matlin. (Earlier this week, another Democrat became the 22nd candidate.)

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