By COLlive reporter
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is planning to announce his candidacy for president on the Democratic ticket this coming week, insiders told NY Daily News.
De Blasio is entering a crowded field of 22 other Democratic politicians itching to oust fellow New Yorker, President Donald Trump.
The 2020 kickoff could come as early as de Blasio’s birthday on Wednesday, when he’ll turn 58, two sources told the Daily News.
De Blasio has said he wouldn’t run if he didn’t think he could make it all the way to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
“I was the underdog in everything I’ve ever been near, and I’m not saying that with any hubris,” the mayor said Thursday. “Any time I get in a race I get in it to win.”
De Blasio’s been laying the groundwork for a campaign for months, traveling to key early voting primary states across the country and moving staff from City Hall to work for his federal political action committee, the Daily News reported.
The mayor’s late entry to the race already promises to cast a shadow on his national exposure.
De Blasio may not even qualify for the first primary debates, which have been capped by the Democratic National Committee at 20 participants split over two consecutive nights.