New York Democratic activists said they would rally to Clinton’s side if she decided to take on Mayor de Blasio in a primary this year, reports the New York Post.
“If Hillary entered the race, she would be the best candidate. I would support her because we need a change in New York City,” said Gregory Floyd, president of Teamsters Local 237.
Floyd, who represents school safety officers and Housing Authority workers, has clashed repeatedly with New York’s City Hall over policy.
“Hillary would be a better mayor than de Blasio. Every week we hear about investigations about fundraising and city property being given away to real estate developers,” he said.
Clinton captured 79 percent of the vote in the five boroughs during her failed November presidential run.
The Reverand Patrick Young, pastor of First Baptist Church in East Elmhurst, Queens, said Mrs Clinton could make history by shattering the mayoral glass ceiling in New York.
“Hillary would have been the first female president. She would be the first woman mayor in the history of New York City,” he said.
“She would be better at working with people and engaging people. She would be a breath of fresh air. We have a cloud over our leadership right now.”
The Rev. Johnny Green, pastor of Harlem’s Mount Neboh Baptist Church, said Clinton would have his vote.
“Hillary over de Blasio. Anybody against de Blasio. De Blasio is a repeat offender when it comes to stupidity,” Green said.
Many believe that if Clinton did in fact run for mayoral office, her widespread general election support in New York City coupled with de Blasio’s low poll numbers would spell a win for her, according to the Daily News.
Some believe her local appeal is quite strong, while others think it’s easier to identify with Clinton when it comes to national issues rather than local ones.
If Clinton did run, and win, it would all but guarantee years of clashes between President-elect Trump and his former general election opponent.