New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio nearly endorsed Bernie SandersBernie SandersSunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as country struggles with delta variant Democrats urge Biden to commute sentences of 4K people on home confinement Briahna Joy Gray: Push toward major social spending amid pandemic was 'short-lived' MORE for president before top aides talked him out of it, the Village Voice reported Tuesday.
De Blasio, a Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Attorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty Attorney indicted on charge of lying to FBI as part of Durham investigation MORE ally who led her Senate campaign in 2000, eventually endorsed Clinton in October.
But before that, the mayor “actually did come genuinely close” to supporting Sanders, according to the report. Top aide Emma Wolfe was reportedly among the confidantes who talked him out of it.
De Blasio drew ire from Clinton’s campaign and supporters for taking so long to endorse. That criticism was the subject of the controversial “C.P. time” joke in a comedy skit Clinton and de Blasio performed last month.
“The candidate who I believe can fundamentally address income inequality effectively, who has the right vision and the right experience to get the job done, is Hillary Clinton,” de Blasio said in October as he endorsed Clinton.
She won the New York primary last month, garnering 58 percent of the vote and 139 pledged delegates.