De Blasio’s Presidential Forum Slated for November in Iowa


Mayor Bill de Blasio and other progressive elected officials are finalizing plans for a presidential forum this November in Iowa.

De Blasio and the Progressive Agenda Committee, a group of largely liberal elected officials, first announced plans for the forum this spring.

Geri Prado, the committee’s director, said Wednesday that invites to presidential candidates will be going out “in the days to come.”

De Blasio, a Democrat, has yet to make an endorsement in the race. He said earlier this year that he would likely wait to do so until after the forum. Many Democrats expect him to endorse Hillary Rodham Clinton, for whom he once worked as a campaign manager.

However, de Blasio met with her rival Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders two weeks ago, an event left off his official calendar.

De Blasio spokeswoman Karen Hinton said Tuesday the mayor met with the Vermont U.S. senator in New York last month. She won’t disclose what they discussed.