One of the leading GOP candidates for governor in New York State says it is "not so far-fetched" that term-limited New York mayor Bill DeBlasio could be the Democrat gubernatorial nominee.
Speaking on the 710 AM WOR Len Berman and Michael Riedel in the Morning program, Rob Astorino says DeBlasio, who will be out of office on January 1st, "could definitely win their nomination".
In order to win that nomination, however, DeBlasio would have to elbow aside incumbent governor Kathy Hochul. If that were to happen, Astorino contends the mayor's name recognition carries the clout to do it. "There are built-in constituencies that think he's a hero... (if) you add the base vote in the five boroughs, plus the other urban areas and their unions, and in a low turn-out primary where 20%, 30% could win it, it's possible that Bill DeBlasio could win the Democratic nomination."
DeBlasio is not the only Democrat taking aim at Hochul's office in Albany. New York State Attorney General Tish James and New York City Public Advocate Juumane Williams are also in the mix. Astorino says Hochul is pushing "the agenda that could appease some of the seals barking on the left" to build up her own brand. Ultimately, Astorino predicts that "it's going to be a free-for-all on the left" heading into the 2022 campaign season.
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