Two things of note on the de Blasio speech today-
1. There was no apology for the comments that he made about the NYC Police before the assassinations of Liu and Ramos. In these comments, De Blasio portrayed the police as being a potential danger to black people, even warning his adopted black child to be careful around the police, to make any ‘sudden moves’ less he risk being harmed by the police.
2. He offered only a cease-fire on protests against the NY Police, not a surrender. His comments were not a call to end the protests, but to cease protesting while the city mourns the deaths of the two officers killed. This would also suggest, as he suggested, that the narrative he held before this assassination, that cops were untrustworthy, especially for black people, will continue soon after the funerals end for these officers.
I would imagine this speech did little to restore confidence in De Blasio among the police members.
It says something to me that even in the wake of an assassination against his own police force, de Blasio felt the need to continue to work to appease the far left radical base which he actually represents. He is deciding, here, to not govern but to continue to be a far left activist.
Whether you are of the far left or not, it is worth noting that if you live in New York City, you are now being governed by a Mayor who has made it clear, through his actions, that his primary job is not to manage the welfare of the city for all citizens, but to advance the far left ideological agenda by any means necessary, even if it undermines the security of many New Yorkers who might not share in that far left worldview.
The future of De Blasio in New York became a lot less certain today. If he lacks the fundamental confidence of the institutions of the city he was elected to govern, he could be heading toward becoming a de facto lame duck Mayor before the first year of his first term is over. The question is this, are the democrats of New York City prepared to put forth a viable alternative candidate to the Mayor in the next primary or have they put their lot in fully with this Mayor?
In my research, the city of New York does not seem to have a provision to allow a recall election of a sitting Mayor, though some have claimed it only takes 40,000 votes to trigger a recall election. I could not find that recall law. As near as I could get to a recall of a Mayor is this provision:
- 9. Removal of mayor. The mayor may be removed from office by the governor upon charges and after service upon him of a copy of the charges and an opportunity to be heard in his defense. Pending the preparation and disposition of charges, the governor may suspend the mayor for a period not exceeding thirty days.
Given this reality, the city of New York must face a world with a Mayor set not on governing but on continuing his work as a far left activist at least until January 1st, 2018.