The Democratic National Convention went virtual last night, and Mayor Bill de Blasio was noticeably missing from a video montage of the party’s 2020 candidates from president.
To be fair, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, Senator Bernie Sanders, and Pete Buttigieg were also missing from the montage. But one big difference between them and de Blasio is that they have all been invited to deliver remarks at the three-day event.
But we doubt that de Blasio noticed. He admitted on Monday that he didn’t even know the convention was taking place this week. Yeah right!
Governor Andrew Cuomo, a perennial de Blasio foil in public, was invited to speak at the convention, though, which might be why de Blasio claimed to not know the biggest event of the year for the party he tried to get to back him for president was taking place this week.
Cuomo spent much of his time blasting the Trump administration’s response to COVID-19, and only mentioned Joe Biden at the end of his speech.
His pre-taped appearance likely won’t have the same effect on his political cachet that his father’s keynote address at the 1984 Democratic National Convention had on his. Governor Mario Cuomo delivered his famous “A Tale of Two Cities” speech that year, which was watched on television by 80 million people and galvanized the convention, making him a national political figure.