Little-loved New York mayor launches presidential bid

Democrat Bill de Blasio faces long odds but promises local knowledge to beat ‘Con Don’
New York City Mayor and Democratic Presidential candidate Bill de Blasio attends the dedication of the new Statue of Liberty Museum on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, U.S., May 16, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Bill de Blasio has had a rocky relationship with New York voters during his tenure as mayor © Reuters

Bill de Blasio’s poll numbers are anaemic. He has become an object of ridicule for the tabloid press. And many residents complain that the city he leads has gone backwards under his watch.