Eric Phillips
Eric Phillips

Eric Phillips, press secretary for New York mayor Bill de Blasio, is joining Edelman as senior VP in its crisis and reputation unit.

He joined Team de Blasio in 2016 from SKDKnickerbocker.

Earlier, Phillips was a top communications advisor/speechwriter to now Congresswoman Kathleen Rice of Long Island.

Phillips got high marks for boosting de Blasio's social media profile and taking on the press via Twitter about critical coverage of the mayor.

De Blasio is mulling a long-shot run for the Democratic nomination for president. He's been traveling to key primary states, drawing scant crowds.

New Yorkers also aren't exactly urging Hizzoner to launch a run for the White House.

A recent Quinnipiac poll found that 76 percent of New York voters don't think the mayor should run for president. Forty-six percent of them say a de Blasio presidential campaign would be bad for NYC.

Freddi Goldstein, who handles communications for first deputy mayor Dean Fuleihan, will succeed Phillips, who called the de Blasio gig "the best spokesperson job in America."