When Mayor de Blasio refused to endorse Hillary Clinton on the first day of her run for president, the political world gasped. Great Caesar’s ghost! What was the mayor thinking, not throwing his weight behind a former secretary of state seven years after her last race, 11 months ahead of the first primary and before a single debate or policy speech? One congressman thought de Blasio needed a psychiatric exam. One unnamed sourced in a tabloid article thought the mayor was posturing for his own presidential run. Rarely has so much been made of something the mayor failed to do since he failed to eat pizza with his hands.
What did Newsday’s Emily Ngo and Andrew J. Hawkins of Crains New York think about the “non-endorsement,” Clinton’s headquarters in Brooklyn, her chances of winning and—most importantly—what kind of drink she’d order if she were a guest on Straight Up?
Find out those answers and more in the latest episode of the Brooklyn Independent Media reporters’ roundtable: