"I'm going to make my decision in the month of May," Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a crime statistics briefing Thursday.
A recent Quinnipiac poll said 76 percent of New Yorkers do not believe Mayor Bill de Blasio should run for president. So hizzoner is polling Iowa voters instead.
"I want to look at a lot of information," de Blasio said. "The ultimate decision, as I said, is a personal one and a family one, but of course it makes sense to look at other information."
He's also been raising money for his Fairness PAC, the political committee paying for the polling, although the mayor would not say how much he's paying for it or who is conducting the survey.
Pazmino: Why are you conducting a poll in Iowa?
De Blasio: Because I think it's important to get an understanding of what people are thinking. It's just another part of understanding the dynamics. This is a pretty straightforward, normal thing to do.
It's the first time the mayor is attaching a specific timeline to his decision. For months now, de Blasio has been hinting he may join the growing Democratic field even if his late entry could cost him a spot in the first debate.
"The debate is one of many, many factors obviously," de Blasio told reporters.
May is a big month for the mayor. He will celebrate his 58th birthday and his 25th wedding anniversary, and his son will graduate from college. Perhaps he'll also make a decision about a White House run.
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