DES MOINES, Iowa — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, launched his presidential campaign Thursday as he gets ready to come to Iowa for the first time Friday as an official candidate.
Today I am proud to announce my candidacy for president of the United States of America, because it's time to finally put working people first.https://t.co/p7LYipgAPg
— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) May 16, 2019
Hours later, Iowa Senator Joni Ernst tweeted out a link to a five-year-old story that revealed how a ceremonial groundhog later died after de Blasio dropped it. The incident happened February 2, 2014, when de Blasio couldn’t hold onto “Chuck,” the forecasting groundhog during a Groundhog’s Day ceremony. The groundhog died a week later.
— Joni Ernst (@joniernst) May 16, 2019
de Blasio plans an Iowa trip Friday with these four stops:
Tours POET Biorefining Ethanol Facility with Secretary Tom Vilsack
WHO: Mayor de Blasio & Secretary Vilsack
WHEN: Friday, May 17th, 2019 at 8:00 AM CST
WHERE: 1562 320th St, Gowrie, IA 50543
Meets with Greene County Small Family Farmers
WHO: Mayor de Blasio, First Lady McCray & Greene County Small Family Farmers
WHEN: Friday, May 17th, 2019 at approximately 11:45 AM CST
WHERE: 288 M Avenue, Churdan, IA 50050
NOTE: The beginning of the meeting will be private, but reporters will be invited in at the end at approximately 11: 45 AM.
Participates in Mental Health & Substance Misuse Roundtable Discussion with Mayor Frank Cownie
WHO: Mayor de Blasio, First Lady Chirlane McCray and Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie WHEN: Friday, May 17th, 2019 at 1:30 PM CST
WHERE: 513 E 6th St, Des Moines, IA 50310
Delivers Remarks at Fundraiser Woodbury County Democratic Party
WHO: Mayor de Blasio & First Lady McCray & Woodbury County Dems
WHEN: Friday, May 17th, 2019 at 7:15 PM CST
WHERE: 310 Virginia St, Sioux City, IA 51101