De Blasio Off to Iowa For 4 Days Stumping For Clinton

NEW YORK (AP/Hamodia) -

Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife are set to take off four days this weekend campaigning for Hillary Clinton in Iowa.

De Blasio and Chirlane McCray will leave New York on Friday and return Tuesday, the day after Iowa’s caucus. Clinton, a fellow Democrat, is locked in a tight race with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

“Chirlane and I are proud to head to Iowa, roll up our sleeves and work to get out the vote for Hillary. Her bold progressive vision is exactly what our nation and our party need now,” de Blasio said in a statement.

De Blasio was Clinton’s campaign manager during her successful 2000 Senate bid. But he initially delayed endorsing her, finally doing so six months after she announced her campaign.

De Blasio gave a speech in Iowa last year on income inequality. He also planned to hold a candidates’ forum there last month but canceled when no candidates committed to attending.

In April, a Public Policy Polling survey found that 67 percent of Iowans had no idea of the mayor, while 18 percent had a favorable opinion and 15 percent had an unfavorable opinion.