New York City’s previous mayor will not run for office at the gubernatorial election on Nov. 8.
Bill de Blasio has ruled out any immediate tilt for New York state governor. The Democrat will devote his time to combating inequality instead.
“No, I am not going to be running for governor of New York state but I am going to devote every fiber of my being to fight inequality in the state of New York. We have got a lot to do together,” he said in a video shared on Twitter.
The remarks came after months of seeking potential endorsements, political donations, and campaign team members.
The Democrat conceded his political past has been less than perfect.
“Now I made my fair share of mistakes, I was not good with groundhogs at all [and] probably should not have gone to the gym,” he said.
However, he is pleased with his contribution to prekindergarten education, housing affordability, law enforcement, and environmental protection.
“We changed policing to make it fairer,” he said. “We [also] showed you can do big things: Green New Deal, cutting carbon emissions, making the city greener and cleaner for the future … [and] we took on COVID, global pandemic–went from epicenter to the safest place in this country.”
He still hopes to serve the public in some capacity.
“Let us keep this fight going because we proved change can happen in New York, good things ahead,” he said. “I am going to share some more news with you in the days ahead.”
I am not going to be running for Governor of New York State, but I am going to devote every fiber of my being to fighting inequality in the state of New York. pic.twitter.com/cBZ03BpO0s
— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) January 18, 2022