- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 21, 2015


Some have wondered if Hillary Clinton was a “place holder” for a mystery Democratic candidate who would materialize in 2016. Others question the dearth of Democrats on the presidential hopefuls list, when the Republican Party boasts around 20. Well here’s something. A “Draft de Blasio movement” is now percolating, only days after the New York City mayor made a trip to Iowa.

“Despite repeated claims to the contrary, Mayor Bill de Blasio is positioning himself to be the leftist progressive alternative to Wall Street-friendly Hillary Rodham Clinton as the Democratic candidate for president,” reports New York Post columnist Frederic Dicker, who credits an unnamed Democratic operative for the information.

“De Blasio’s hope, the operative said, is that a Draft de Blasio movement will develop among progressive activists over the next several months that will lead to the mayor being able to defeat Clinton in the primary elections next year in much the same way leftist Sen. George McGovern successfully challenged the initially front-running establishment Democratic candidate, Sen. Edmund Muskie, more than 40 years ago,” Mr. Dicker explains.

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