A Cedar Rapids, Iowa event for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, hosted by a prominent state senator, drew only 15 people, the New York Post reports.
“With more than enough empty space to accommodate his 6-foot-5 frame, the quixotic candidate took the floor at Parlor City Pub to a smattering of applause from the sleepy brunch set,” the Post reports.
“‘Everything should be about our families, our lives, what everyday people are going through, what working people are going through,’ de Blasio told the crowd, which numbered around 15 — not counting the press corps, campaign staff and Iowa State Sen. Rob Hogg, the event organizer,” the Post added.
As mayor of the nation’s largest city and former campaign manager to Hillary Clinton, de Blasio should be a leading contender for the Democrat presidential nomination.
Instead, his campaign is hitting rock bottom harder than that groundhog he dropped and killed at a Staten Island Groundhog Day event.
Making matters worse for de Blasio, he didn’t even win over the 15 people.
“I liked a lot of what he said,” Carol Wickey, a 78-year-old retiree, told the Post. “[But] I thought in his prepared comments he focused too much on working people. He did not say anything that would sway me that he would be my choice as a candidate. Nothing made him stand out among the other two dozen people.”
Another of the 15 attendees said that after listening to de Blasio, he wasn’t even one of the top five candidates.
“There are 25 candidates,” Geoff Johnson, 40, told the Post. “He’s fairly high on the list, but I’m not sure he quite makes the top five at this point, but some of that may just be because of the viability situation.”
De Blasio then greeted voters at the Iowa State Fair, where he was protested by New Yorkers who traveled to Iowa to let him hear it about plans to locate a homeless shelter in a wealthy neighborhood.
He is currently averaging just 0.3 percent support in Democrat presidential primary polling. He has raised only $1.1 million for his campaign, which means New York City taxpayers are likely spending more on his campaign for security and travel alone than his campaign has raised.