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Activists picket de Blasio’s $1M 2017 re-election fund-raiser in Midtown.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio finally announced Friday that he is backing Hillary Rodham Clinton for president, a much-discussed endorsement that had prompted some criticism from fellow Democrats for being so long in coming. “The candidate who I believe can fundamentally address income inequality effectively, the candidate who has the right vision and the right experience to get the job done is Hillary Clinton,” he said during an early morning appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” The Associated Press and other media outlets reported Monday that de Blasio had, at last, decided to end the months of speculation surrounding his endorsement and would back Clinton. Critics clamored for attention and clashed with security Thursday as campaign donors kicked off Mayor de Blasio’s first fund-raiser for his 2017 re-election bid at a swanky midtown Manhattan hotel.

He said Clinton has a history of fighting for income equality, paid family leave, pre-k for all kids and voting rights, among other issues. “We have to take on economic inequality. He worked in the Department of Housing and Urban Development under President Bill Clinton and was then plucked from relative political obscurity to run Hillary Clinton’s successful 2000 Senate campaign. The invite for the gala referred to “hosts” and “co-hosts” who raise $50,000 and $25,000 respectively, while reminding donors there’s a $4,950 limit on individual contributions. But de Blasio appeared on “Meet the Press” the April morning of Hillary Clinton’s campaign announcement and said that unlike other New York politicians — including both senators and Gov.

De Blasio touted his progressive record over the past two years, including universal pre-K, police reform and his plans to add 200,000 units of affordable housing. Andrew Cuomo — he would not automatically be backing the former Secretary of State. “I think she’s one of the most qualified people to ever run for this office and, by the way, thoroughly vetted,” de Blasio said then. “But we need to see the substance.” He stuck to that script in the coming months even as criticism mounted within the party. Instead, the Clinton campaign emailed a note to reporters calling the mayor’s support “a sign of the campaign’s continued momentum.” The circumstances of Mr. de Blasio’s endorsement on Friday were a sign of the reduced level of interest in his presidential preferences since he initially denied Mrs. Outside, a smorgasbord of disillusioned animal rights activists and Black Lives Matter protesters marched, shouted and voiced their opposition to the mayor’s policies. “We’re going to be here until the mayor fulfills his promise,” said Donnie Moss, a proponent of the horse carriage ban who supported de Blasio in 2013. Moss said he hasn’t made up his mind about de Blasio’s 2017 bid. “For us, it’s empty progressive rhetoric,” said Josmar Trujillo, the leader of a group opposed to de Blasio’s police commissioner, Bill Bratton. “It’s the type of policy we’ve seen from (former mayors Michael) Bloomberg and Rudy Giuliani.” “De Blasio’s decision to host relex kickoff on Sandy anniversary, day after PO Holder’s funeral is a stunning lack of compassion & couth,” the state GOP tweeted ahead of the event. “(W)e wanted to let them know that I was resolute about coming back and continuing to serve the people, and that we would have a lot of support in doing that,” the mayor said before the event.

The mayor also moved toward making himself a national figure on liberal issues, particularly on the fight against income inequality, and founded The Progressive Agenda Committee, which is hosting a presidential forum in early-voting Iowa this December (the forum is still scheduled to happen, though it’s unclear which candidates may attend). For months, the mayor’s allies objected to accusations that Mr. de Blasio wanted to play kingmaker, saying that he simply wanted to hear more detail about the policy plans of presidential contenders, particularly at an early stage of the campaign. The will-he-or-won’t-he soap opera ended shortly after sunrise, on a low-rated, basic cable talk-show amid banter about baseball and jokes about Citi Bike.

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