If you think New York is already crazy, having elected an uber liberal Democrat (aka Socialist?) mayor who appears to be damaging the Big Apple, Richard Johnson reports another eye opener in the New York Post.
Seems Mayor de Blasio wants to keep it all in the family:
A group of influential Democrats believe Mayor Bill de Blasio is grooming his wife, Chirlane McCray, to succeed him in 2021.
De Blasio called McCray “my closest confidante, my No. 1 adviser” when he made her the chairwoman of the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and gave her a personal staff.
More recently, the mayor gave McCray $22 million to spearhead a public health initiative called NYC Safe that will guarantee her exposure in the press and the handing out of millions of dollars to community groups.
It is well established that McCray approves all major decisions and governmental appointments in the de Blasio administration. And she was able to postpone jury duty for herself on Thursday by citing her busy schedule.
One former official of the Democratic National Committee told me McCray’s ambitions could be moot, because secret meetings are being held to identify a challenger to de Blasio in 2017.
“De Blasio doesn’t command the respect and professionalism the office demands,” the former official said. “He has managed to alienate the Clintons, the governor, the Albany legislature and even those who supported him from the grass roots.”
De Blasio is known for his strategic long-term planning. In 2002, long before he ran for mayor, he changed his name (for a second time) from Warren de Blasio-Wilhelm to his mother’s more voter-friendly maiden name.
Got a feeling he won’t be getting the backing of the police union.