New York police union criticizes de Blasio: 'The country deserves better'

New York police union criticizes de Blasio: 'The country deserves better'
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New York City's police union denounced Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioDemocratic presidential hopefuls react to debate placement Democratic presidential hopefuls react to debate placement The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Biden, Sanders to share stage at first DNC debate MORE's (D) presidential campaign launch, accusing him of neglecting the city.

In a statement Thursday, the New York City Police Benevolent Association wrote that the mayor would be an "unmitigated disaster" as president.

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"While the mayor of our nation’s largest city is busy running around Iowa and getting upstaged by the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, there are real problems here at home," the union wrote.

"New York City police officers are continuing to suffer with wages 30 percent below market rate because the mayor has totally checked out of our contract process," the statement continued.

"As commander-in-chief, he would be an unmitigated disaster."

De Blasio officially announced his 2020 bid this week, becoming the 24th Democrat to announce his candidacy for the president even as others like Georgia's Stacey Abrams are still considering bids.

The New York City mayor has stoked rumors about his candidacy for months with appearances in early primary states such as New Hampshire and with high-profile policies aimed at publicly combating the Trump administration.