Former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his run for Congress on Friday, marking a return to politics fewer than six months after he left City Hall.
De Blasio will be running in the 10th Congressional District of New York, arguing he is uniquely qualified to help people who are "hurting" following his two-term tenure as the mayor of New York City.
"The polls show people are hurting," de Blasio said on MSNBC. "They need help, they need help fast, and they need leaders who can actually get them help now and know how to do it. I do know how to do it from years of serving the people of this city, and so today I'm declaring my candidacy for Congress in the 10th Congressional District of New York."
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Breaking: @BilldeBlasio announces his run for Congress pic.twitter.com/3LXkcImS0w— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) May 20, 2022
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New York's congressional maps were scrambled in recent weeks, with a special master set to release a finalized map later Friday. If the draft proposal is enacted, the former representative of the 10th District, Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler, will be thrown into a primary battle with longtime ally Rep. Carolyn Maloney in the 12th District.