Former NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Announces That He is Running For Congress on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’

Former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced this morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that he will be running for Congress in New York’s 10th Congressional District.

De Blasio told Joe Scarborough that he was running because “Polls show people are hurting, they need help, they need help fast and they need leaders who can actually get them help now and know how to do it.”

“I do know how to do it, from years of serving the people of this city,” de Blasio insisted.

In a tweet prior to his appearance on the show, de Blasio said, “Happy Friday, NY! On my way to join @JoeNBC, @morningmika, @WillieGeist, and @JonLemire on @Morning_Joe to talk about the week and what’s ahead. Tune in at 9:30!”

Following the announcement, de Blasio shared a new website for his campaign run and said in a tweet, “Wherever I go, people ask: can things get better? I say from my heart: YES, but WE have to make them better.”

“In our neighborhoods and our nation, the way to save our democracy is to be part of it. So as I declare my candidacy in #NY10 I ask you to join us,” de Blasio urged.

As the New York Post explained, the 10th District is currently represented by Rep Jerry Nadler, who announced he will vacate the seat.

Nadler made the decision after his Upper West Side neighborhood was removed from the district and will instead compete against former longtime ally and fellow Dem Rep Carolyn Maloney in her newly redrawn 12th District.

The newly redrawn 12th district includes Nadler’s address.

De Blasio added in his “Morning Joe” interview “I’m ready right now to serve and address the issues that are so deep in communities in Brooklyn and Manhattan.”