New York City mayor Bill de Blasio figured out the difference between a Manhattan Democrat and a Washington Democrat last week when his newly launched progressive agenda went largely snubbed by national lawmakers on the Left.
Mayor de Blasio’s rollout of a 13-point progressive agenda last week in the nation’s capital drew more eye-rolling than enthusiasm from some lawmakers in his party. Members of the New York City congressional delegation noted in de Blasio’s calls for raising the minimum wage, expanding paid sick-leave and hiking taxes on the wealthy he is promoting initiatives they had already proposed.
Even President Obama seemed to dismiss the “Progressive Agenda,” though he met Tuesday with Hizzoner.
But here’s the icing on the cake:
Democrats who asked for anonymity to freely discuss the issue aren’t convinced. Several said de Blasio’s rhetoric may impress liberals in New York and San Francisco, where he visited Friday, but won’t sway swing voters where the party hopes to regain seats.
“That stuff is not going to help us win back the House,” said one Democrat.
So there you have it, folks. While their ideological agendas may be the same, Washington Democrats never make the mistake of revealing their true issue positions out loud during an election cycle.