Real estate mogul Donald Trump has given a surprising vote of confidence to New York City mayoral frontrunner Bill de Blasio, saying the Democrat isn’t likely "to want to kill the golden goose."
Trump, who has liberally lobbed shots
at President Barack Obama, told an Albany radio station he expects de Blasio will be "maybe a very good" mayor, and isn’t fazed by an agenda that includes a bigger tax on the wealthy, the New York Daily News reported Thursday
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"I think he’s a smart guy that knows what’s going on ... and I think he is not going to want to destroy New York," Trump said of the race’s frontrunner. "I think he is going to want to make New York great."
"I think pretty strongly that he’ll end up being a good mayor , maybe a very good mayor and I don’t think he’s going to want to kill the golden goose," he added.
The praise comes amid reported fears in the business and banking communities over what a de Blasio administration would mean for them — especially after the 12-year tenure of business-friendly Mayor Michael Bloomberg
In the radio interview, Trump also said he’s not interested in running for governor next year — but left open the possibility he might run for president in 2016 if the "right person" doesn’t emerge, the Daily News reported.
De Blasio, currently New York City’s public advocate, is leading Republican Joe Lhota by about 42 percentage points, according to an average of four recent polls compiled by RealClearPolitics
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