After Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, it seems like we can’t go a week without some paper reporting that “inside” sources have revealed that Hillary will either be running for mayor of New York City, won’t be running, or is 50/50 on the issue. Or, a variation on the theme: Chelsea will run.
Despite eight in 10 people in NYC voting for Hillary, they aren’t “with her” when it comes to a mayoral run. A poll from Rasmussen found that only 23 percent of NYC voters want Hillary to run for mayor, while 58 percent were opposed.
They don’t want a Clinton — but could they warm up to a Trump? There won’t be one running against Bill deBlasio for NYC’s mayoral election this November, but, there could be one running for the State’s governorship.
According to The Independent:
[I]t has been reported that Trump’s eldest son, a man, along with his younger brother, is overseeing the president’s business interests, may also fancy taking a run at the job of Governor himself.
Having previously told a Florida gathering of his father’s supporters that he missed the buzz of frontline politics, Donald Trump, Jr. apparently revealed to members of a private gun club he would like to follow his father into elected office, and that the New York governorship was attractive to him.
Donald Trump Jr. says that he is considering a run for Governor of New York and liberal heads are exploding.— Bill Powers (@BillPowers9) April 6, 2017
The New York Post said Mr Trump’s son told the F6 Labs gun club in Hicksville, New York, he did not believe the senate or house were for him. Rather, it was the governor’s mansion in Albany, currently occupied by Democrat Andrew Cuomo, that appealed.
“Don Jr said he is interested in running for office, such as governor of New York, but the position of mayor of New York would be less interesting to him,” a guest at the event told the newspaper.
Mr Trump Jr apparently said: “Do I want to be behind the scenes and be a mouthpiece and fight back against crazy liberal media? Maybe. Going back to doing deals is boring after 18 months. The politics bug bit me.”
Mr Trump did not indicate when he might run. Mr Cuomo is up for re-election in 2018, although he has also been named as a possible presidential candidate for 2020.
New York State was much more “conservative” — relative to how the city voted in the 2016 election — with Hillary receiving “only” 59 percent of the popular vote. It’s still a liberal state, but Trump Jr’s odds of winning the State’s governorship are substantially higher than winning a mayoral election.
[Note: This post was written by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumb12]