New York mayor trots out DNC 2016 pin

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday added some swag to his push for the 2016 Democratic National Convention to be held in Brooklyn.

De Blasio posted this picture to his Instagram account:

Officials from the Democratic National Committee are visiting New York City on Monday to assess its potential as a convention site. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and the developer of Brooklyn’s Barclays Center are among those attending the visit, according to NBC New York.

De Blasio won’t be attending the initial visit, the NBC affiliate said, but will try and garner support from party officials at a dinner at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Monday night.

The mayor received a blessing from Hillary Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, before he began pursuing the convention bid, The New York Times reported Friday.

New York is competing with Birmingham, Ala.; Columbus, Ohio; Phoenix; and Philadelphia to host the convention for the Democratic Party in 2016.

An Associated Press report on Monday suggested Philadelphia, which last hosted the Republican National Convention in 2000, could have the early inside track.

Clinton and Vice President Biden both have ties to Pennsylvania, a frequent swing state that has swung blue in recent presidential elections. Clinton’s father was born in Scranton, Pa., and Chelsea Clinton’s mother-in-law, Marjorie Margolies, lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Biden also grew up in Scranton, the AP noted.

The Republican National Committee last month selected Cleveland to host its convention in 2016, putting the event in the critical swing state of Ohio.