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‘Fringe’ pest: De Blasio not ‘serious’ enough to be in Marist gov matchup poll

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ALBANY — Seriously man?

New York City’s lame duck Mayor, Bill de Blasio, isn’t a critical enough candidate to land a spot on the Marist Institute for Public Opinion’s shortlist evaluating the possible success of Democratic hopefuls in a 2022 gubernatorial major — a listing together with even disgraced, ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo — Marist’s head pollster informed The Post.  

Although de Blasio has performed coy when pressed repeatedly by reporters a few run for governor, saying he’s talked to “a number of people” about his need to “continue in public service” and hold “serving in one way or another,” these future musings are little greater than a pipe dream, the pollster mentioned, excluding him from being named in a matchup poll between Gov. Kathy Hochul, Attorney General Letitia James, left-wing NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and Cuomo in the rating launched earlier this week.  

Gov. Kathy Hochul led the poll.
Gov. Kathy Hochul led the poll.
AP Photo/Jeenah Moon

“We wanted Hochul, Cuomo and Tish James — but De Blasio is sort of around the fringes,” Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Poll, defined to The Post.  

“Usually we put people in when they are more committed to it. If de Blasio gets serious or there’s more speculation we will [add him] next time for sure,” he mentioned.  

Hochul is the one politician who has formally declared her candidacy forward of the June 2022 Democratic major  — however the different potential challengers have way more legitimacy to their potential campaigns than de Blasio, Miringoff mentioned. 

The poll discovered Hochul led the sphere in a three-way match up between James at 44 to 28 p.c, with Williams grabbing simply 13 p.c. 

Attorney General, Letitia James
Attorney General Letitia James has informed her supporters to “stay tuned” about her plans to run in 2022;
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She remained the frontrunner in comparison in a four-way race together with Cuomo, narrowing the hole between James at 36 to 24 p.c, Cuomo capturing 19 p.c and Williams simply 9 p.c.  Another 13 and 12 p.c, respectfully, had been undecided.

“With Tish James, there is much more speculation that she will run. She is a person who has a support base and who would be measurable for governor,” Miringoff famous.

“We were really measuring Cuomo, Hochul and the two others who are further down the announcement path than de Blasio.”

James has brazenly been telling potential supporters to “stay tuned” on whether or not or not she makes a run and her allies reportedly have been quietly calling in effort to gauge assist. 

Public Advocate Jumaane Williams
Public Advocate Jumaane Williams launched a gubernatorial exploratory committee.
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Williams additionally opened his personal gubernatorial exploratory committee and has been touring throughout the state elevating his profile. 

Meanwhile, Cuomo — who resigned in shame following the discharge of James’ bombshell sexual harassment report concluding he sexually harassed 11 ladies and fostered a poisonous work setting — has $18 million in his battle chest and has just lately been sending out ominous messages from his marketing campaign e-mail, and his private lawyer Rita Glavin has regularly James and her evaluation’s credibility as she mulls her future candidacy.

Miringoff mentioned he added Cuomo to the poll after he despatched out a “dear supporters” e-mail final week the place he warned the state is in a “dangerous moment,” explaining it signified the ex-pol’s budding curiosity.

The pollster mentioned regardless, if de Blasio had been to pursue increased workplace, traditionally, the percentages aren’t in his favor.

Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo has $18 million in his battle chest if he decides to run.
AP Photo/Seth Wenig

“Primaires are downstate and you have to deal with the suburbs and upstate in the general [election.] He’s not as well known outside the city and that can work to his advantage, or his disadvantage, because obviously in the city, people have already cast their lot for or against him — elsewhere it’s more of an introduction.”

“In modern political times, no one has been promoted from Gracie Mansion to Albany or to Washington so, it’s not a path that’s well worn. He knows this too,” he mentioned, recalling the failed gubernatorial bid of former Mayor Ed Koch in 1982 and Rudy Guiliani’s 2008 presidential bid — and even de Blasio’s personal “sputtered” presidential marketing campaign. 

De Blasio failed to acquire greater than 1 p.c in nationwide polls throughout his failed 2020 presidential bid — however drew the ire of his constituents when he was regularly absent from mayoral duties. For instance he was campaigning in Waterloo, Iowa throughout a Big Apple blackout in July 2019.

He additionally attracted fewer than half the 130,000 donors required to advance in the first debates.

A 2019 Siena College Research Institute poll discovered Hizzoner had decrease favorability scores from New Yorkers than President Donald Trump — 25 p.c in contrast to 32 p.c

“If we did a comprehensive group at some point we should put him in,” Miringoff generously added, “it is early. We like when people have thrown their hats in.”

“My alma mater always has a deep perception of political realities, if he wants to run I wish him luck. I think things like his most recent effort to get rid of the gifted and talented program would be a problem for a candidate who is running outside the city. He has to really consider the race beyond the Democratic primary,” mentioned Republican State Island City Councilman Joe Borelli, a Marist grad.

Representatives for de Blasio did not reply to requests for remark from The Post.

-Additional reporting by Julia Marsh

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