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Mr. De Blasio has often said he has "talk to say" about the accomplishments of New York, but his own story is also compelling. He was born Warren Wilhelm Jr. to a German-American father and an Italian-American mother; his father, a veteran who fought with alcoholism, had killed himself. Her relationship with her father was stopped, and eventually Mr. de Blasio accepted her mother's surname.
Raised in Massachusetts, Mr. de Blasio attended New York University, and became a renowned leftist activist who celebrated Nicaragua's Sandínarian ruling. Later he ran into campaigns for Hillary Clinton and Charles B. Rangel, and then ran for office itself, won the election to become a New York City councilor, public advocate and mayor.
Some of Mr.'s colleagues de Blasio waned at the idea of being president, and urged him to leave his White House occupation exploration and instead focus on a bevy of issues in New York City such as crumbling public housing, high level of homelessness and problem-plagued subway. Mr. de Blasio said that many of the answers for what ails the city really lies 200 miles beyond its border with the capital of the country.
"I'm worried that I think today our federal government is not helping New York City in a whole host of ways and we are hurt all the time by bad policies in Washington," said Mr. de Blasio at a news conference last month. He mentioned the lack of a national infrastructure plan and policies on health care. "So we need real change in our country," he said. "If they do not, the New York City continues to suffer."
The mayor needs to make substantial damage to the funds as he builds a campaign staff, and closes a seemingly unobtrusive voter turnout. In a poll of Monmouth University last month, Mr. de Blasio has a net favorability of zero: 24 percent like him, 24 percent he does not like. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont is the only candidate with a higher number of unfavorability, 26 percent, but his significance is 67 percent.