- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 16, 2019

The largest police union in New York City came out swinging against Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 2020 presidential run, saying he has shown “no interest” in running the city and would be an “unmitigated disaster” for the country.

Patrick J. Lynch, the president of the Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York, issued a statement Thursday shortly after Mr. De Blasio announced he was throwing his hat into the crowded 2020 Democratic presidential field.

“It is laughable that a mayor who has shown no interest in running New York City for six years now says he wants to mismanage the entire country,” Officer Lynch wrote.

“While the mayor of our nation’s largest city is busy running around Iowa and getting upstaged by the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, there are real problems here at home,” he added, referring to 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg.

“New York City Police officers are continuing to suffer with wages 30% below market rate because the mayor has totally checked out of our contract process,” the statement continued. “After six years of disrespect for the police officers who keep our city safe, it’s perfectly clear how the mayor treats men and women in uniform. As commander-in-chief, he would be an unmitigated disaster. New York deserves better and the country deserves better.”

Mr. De Blasio became the 23rd Democrat to throw his hat in the ring on Thursday, saying in a three-minute YouTube video that he’s the best candidate to take on President Trump in the 2020 general election.

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