Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York and one of the most significant figures in the United States, will enter the US presidential race on Thursday. when presenting his candidacy for the primaries from which the candidate of the party will come to the elections of 2020.
After days of speculation about his attendance at the Democratic primary, one source of his campaign told the NBC channel that he will announce it on Thursday, while ABC7 reveals that De Blasio will appear tomorrow with his wife on the morning show "Good Morning America", although the mayor could formally advance his decision through social networks.
Almost at the same time, Catalan media have revealed that De Blasio has signed a letter of support for the candidacy of Ada Colau for re-election as mayor of Barcelona. According to this information, the New York politician would join other personalities in a text that will be released officially in the coming days.
According to "El Periódico," the letter emphasizes that the Catalan capital has demonstrated, during the mandate of the Barcelona candidate in Comú, "not to be afraid of facing corporate power" and that "there is another way of doing politics", centered on people. And he emphasizes that, in the face of speculation, Barcelona has stopped evictions and, in front of the thousands of people who drown in the Mediterranean, "offers itself as a safe harbor". The city is, the text points out, "a global example of a brave city" and "a feminist".
Years of harmony between the two mayors
De Blasio, 58 years old and mayor of New York for six years, has shown his sympathy with Colau, whom he met on an institutional trip that made this to the Big Apple in 2015. Since then he has coincided in other events.
In 2017, both launched a call to launch innovative solutions to improve safety at intersections for blind or low vision pedestrians. On that occasion, De Blasio said: "We are very proud to partner with Barcelona and Mayor Colau in a crucial effort to make our streets safer and more accessible to people with disabilities."
Last December they met again at a table of mayors in the city of Burlington (Vermont, convened by Senator Bernie Sanders, an event in which the mayor of New York invited Colau.
De Blasio will formally announce his candidacy for the Democratic primary and then embark on a four-day route with several stops throughout the states of Iowa and South Carolina, US media reports.
In Iowa, de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, will meet with the mayor of Des Moines, with the "Asian Latino Coalition" and will go to an institute, as detailed in the newspaper "The New York Post" quoting an organizer of the group.
On Saturday he will travel to South Carolina and pass through the cities of Columbia and Charleston, while on Sunday he will attend his son's graduation at Yale University.
The first mayor of the Big Apple, who was re-elected with ease for the office in 2017 but has many detractors, takes a while avoiding comment on the matter, but pointed to a decision during this month of May. (tagsToTranslate) mayor (t) new (t) york (t) colau