Former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio Ends Congressional Bid

Former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on July 19 that he was ending his congressional bid, saying it was obvious voters in the 10th district were looking for “another option.”

In a video posted to Twitter, de Blasio said it was time for him to “leave electoral politics and focus on other ways to serve.” Credit: Bill de Blasio via Storyful

Video transcript

BILL DE BLASIO: Hi, everybody. I just want to say these last couple of months, I have had this really amazing opportunity to spend time with people in Brooklyn, in Manhattan, talking about their lives, listening to New Yorkers, everything they've been through and all the amazing spirit people have brought fighting back after COVID. It has made me more proud of the people of the city than ever.

And I've listened really carefully to people. And it's clear to me that when it comes to this congressional district, people are looking for another option. And I respect that. And I just want to say I love the people of this city. I really want to keep serving, and I'm going to find a different way to serve. But I'm filled with gratitude at the same time.

I've been on an amazing journey with so many of you. I want to thank all the people who have helped in this campaign and before, the members of the team, the volunteers, the supporters, everyone who's been part of it. Thank you. And it's made a huge difference. And even though this is not going to work out, I hope you know how much I appreciate you. And we're going to do a lot together to make this city better in the future.

So I'm feeling a lot of gratitude. I'm also recognizing I made mistakes. I want to do better in the future. I want to learn from those mistakes. And it's been a humbling experience at times, but it's been a healthy experience.

And the bottom line is I'm filled with gratitude today, truly, for all the good in New York City. I feel in New York City in my heart and soul. I really do. And I'm just appreciative. And I'll see you along the way.

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