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NY Post: With Warren Out, Left Eyes de Blasio as Hillary Challenger

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By    |   Monday, 20 Apr 2015 12:38 PM

With his refusal to give a blanket endorsement of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, New York's Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio has set off a flurry of political speculation that he is preparing a progressive challenge to Clinton for the 2016 Democratic nomination.

Quoting an unnamed "national party operative," the New York Post said de Blasio, backed by the union-heavy Working Families Party (WFP), is preparing to run against Clinton.

"With (Sen. Elizabeth) Warren (D-Massachusetts) saying she's not running, de Blasio and his advisers are trying to position the mayor as the 'draft' candidate for the left in 2016. That's why he refused to endorse Hillary last week," the "operative" told the Post.

Appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press," de Blasio  said he would withhold endorsing Clinton "until I see an actual vision of where they want to go.

"She's a tremendous public servant. I think she is one of the most qualified people to ever run for this office. And by the way, thoroughly vetted, we can say that. But we need to see the substance."

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He followed up by telling CBS News: "A candidate who has not been in the public eye in this sense for almost eight years, and we're still just beginning to hear what she stands for, it's normal to want to hear more."

De Blasio, who managed Clinton's Senate campaign, worked for the Clintons, and was sworn in as New York's mayor by former President Bill Clinton, told CBS News: "Even when you have a deep friendship and appreciation for someone, you have to put the people first."

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New York Magazine called him "delusional" in a headline.

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-New York, husband of Huma Abedin, one of Clinton's closest advisers, told The Wall Street Journal: "You don't ask a family member to lay out her résumé before you decide to support her.

"This notion that he is somehow this spokesperson for some wing of the party that Hillary needs to audition for, I think, is wrong and not helpful."

Mark Green, a former New York City public advocate, told the Journal: "He chose self-aggrandizement (over) Clinton loyalty."

Fordham political science professor Costas Panagopoulos told the Journal that de Blasio's move was a "slap in Hillary Clinton's face."

A clue to whether de Blasio simply is trying to inject progressive policies like income inequality into the campaign, or whether he actually intends to oppose Clinton's White House run, may be that he was accompanied on a recent trip to Iowa by communications strategist John Del Cecato, a de Blasio supporter.

"Why would your ad maker be traveling with you in a non-campaign year?" the Post's "political operative" asked.

"Why was he there with de Blasio in Iowa unless you're trying for something bigger?"

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