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Clintons endorse de Blasio for mayor


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Updated Thursday, September 19

Bill de Blasio received endorsements from two more high-profile Democrats Wednesday.

Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced they are backing the Democratic candidate in the race for mayor.

“Bill de Blasio has been a friend to both President Clinton and Secretary Clinton for many years. They were proud to see him run a thoughtful, creative campaign about the issues, and they are behind him as he moves on to the general election as the Democratic nominee,” the Clinton’s spokespeople said in a joint statement.

De Blasio managed Hillary Clinton’s 2000 U.S. Senate campaign, and worked as a regional director in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development during President Clinton’s administration.

On Wednesday, de Blasio also picked up an endorsement from the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), which backed Bill Thompson in the primary.

“Bill de Blasio, whose children attend our public schools, understands that our children deserve a real education, not just test prep, and that our educators deserve support and encouragement, not attacks. It’s time for our teachers and City Hall to stand together to deliver the best education possible for our students. Bill de Blasio is the leader who will make it happen,” said UFT President Michael Mulgrew in a statement.

The Clinton and UFT endorsements come just days after several of de Blasio’s former primary opponents, including Bill Thompson and Christine Quinn, as well as Governor Andrew Cuomo, announced they are supporting him for mayor.

 

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