New York Mayor Bill de Palacio, who failed to garner support during his own short presidential campaign, will approve Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont for the Democratic nomination, according to people familiar with the plans.
The timing of Mr. de Palacio’s announcement was still being reduced on Friday.
His choice is reversed from four years ago, when Hillary Clinton endorsed Mr Sanders, but he was not at all unexpected. he is He said last summer In the past, it was believed that Mr. Sanders would have won the 2016 elections if he was nominated.
It is also worth noting that Mr. De Palacio chose to present support only now, after Mr. Sanders’ victory in New Hampshire and his strong performance in Iowa made him one of the leading candidates for this nomination.
Mr. de Palacio was expected to travel with Mr. Sanders on Sunday and Monday in Nevada, where they will appear together at polling events ahead of the caucuses there on February 22.
Mr. de Palacio and Mr. Sanders have spoken several times since the mayor ended his presidential campaign in September.
The mayor also spent time at Mr. Sanders’ home in Vermont in 2018. Mr. Sanders swore Mr. de Palacio at his second term inauguration as mayor.
Although Mr. de Palacio ran for mayor – then the president – on an unusual progressive platform, he generally did not support progressive rebels. Not endorsed Zephyr Teachout in 2014 or Cynthia Nixon in 2018 when he challenged state governor Andrew M. Como from the left. Nor did he endorse Tiffany Caban in the Queen’s Lawyer Race last year, as did Mr. Sanders and Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.
Mr. De Blasio’s support adds to Mr. Sanders’ approval list, which includes many unions and grassroots organizations as well as Alexandria Okasio Cortez representatives from New York, Ilhan Omar from Minnesota and Rashid Talib from Michigan.
Mr. de Palacio was in the presidential race for only four months last year and never exceeded 1 percent in a eligible poll discussion; even New York voters did not support him. But in some matters, his predecessor as mayor, Michael R., arrived. Bloomberg, to double digits in recent national polls with a real tsunami of spending from his personal fortune.