Bill De Blasio talks up record during congressional campaign forum

Former Mayor Bill de Blasio talked up his two terms in office in a Wednesday night candidate forum for a rare open seat in Congress representing the five boroughs. 

“We broke the back of the forces that were holding back fairness and inclusion and equality,” the progressive stalwart told an audience at the event hosted by the LGBT Center on West 13th Street. 

The progressive champion oversaw record homelessness, skyrocketing rents and growing economic inequality across his controversial tenure while securing big policy wins through social programs like universal pre-K. 

“Remember together what we did just in these last eight years. Remember what we achieved for trans rights, what we achieved with gender neutral birth certificates, we did that together in New York City, with gender neutral bathrooms in city buildings,” he bragged at the forum.  

Rep. Mondaire Jones, D-N.Y., conducts a news conference outside the Capitol to reintroduce the Universal Child Care and Early Learning Act, on Tuesday, April 27, 2021.
Rep. Mondaire Jones is also going for the open congressional seat.
Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via AP

De Blasio is running in the June 28 primary to represent the newly redrawn 10th Congressional District straddling left-leaning parts of lower Manhattan, his home turf in Brownstone Brooklyn, and relatively conservative areas in Borough Park.

Rep. Mondaire Jones, Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou, Councilwoman Carlina Rivera are among other candidates vying for the open seat.

Republicans are expected to make big gains in the US House based on polling and historic trends though Democrats are hoping to hold their slim majority.

“I feel like we are getting just had this endless stream of analysis quote, unquote, analysis telling us just get used to the fact that we’re going to lose in November because of these historical patterns and all and I don’t buy it,” de Blasio said Wednesday night.

Jones, Niou and Rivera leveraged their records in elected office while making their own case to the left-leaning crowd Wednesday night.

Jones currently represents a district north of the city, but opted to run for the 10th Congressional District after fellow Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney set off an inter-party war by announcing a run in a newly drawn, left-leaning district representing much of Jones’ current district.

“[Republicans] cannot be allowed to take back control of the House of Representatives,” Jones – one of the first gay, Black men elected to Congress in New York — told the crowd Wednesday night.

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