New York Mayor Bill deBlasio, who rose to power largely due to his "tale of two cities" inequality theme, is now taking his message on the road.
The 53-year-old Democrat yesterday earned the chairman post at the newly created Cities of Opportunity Task Force of the US Conference of Mayors. That post gives deBlasio a national platform to speak up for the 99 percent crowd.
The panel is empowered to develop "aggressive equity agendas" around deBlasio's campaign platform of higher minimum wage, affordable housing and universal pre-K access.
In accepting the post, deBlasio said the task force "is going to organize the progressive ideas coming out of cities across the US, and put city issues back on the national agenda."
The task force penciled Aug. 10-11 kick-off meetings in New York.
The Conference says it's a bipartisan entity consisting of the leaders of about 1400 cities with populations of at least 30,000.
The breadth and reach of that organization may soon be an irritant to the one-percent crowd, which deBlasio has pushed to "pay their fair share."
The Mayor has been at loggerheads with political rival/Wall Street friendly Governor of New York State Andrew Cuomo, who has his eye at the White House.
Both politicos will support Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee for the 2016 presidential nomination. Post-Hillary, it's a wide-open race between the two men.
As mayor of the nation’s media capital, deBlasio enjoys a publicity advantage over Cuomo. Queens-born Cuomo owns the Albany media market.
The Conference job is another boost for deBlasio, who last week named Andrea Hagelgans his PR representative.
She'll be busy.