There’s a revolt brewing in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s political base. Black church leaders are so furious at some of de Blasio’s policies that they’re actively looking for a candidate to run against him in 2017 — and leading their list is popular Brooklyn Rep. Hakeem Jeffries. Pastors told The Post on Thursday they’re steamed over de Blasio’s handling of the NYPD, for not providing enough city contracts to minority-run businesses and for tilting affordable-housing policies toward developers.
“There’s a lot of displeasure with de Blasio,” said the Rev. Johnnie Green of Mount Neboh Baptist Church in Harlem. “In all of the political circles in the black community, there is a constant discussion about the failures of the de Blasio administration.” He added, “We are looking for a suitable candidate to run against de Blasio next time around.”
Since the days of Tammany Hall, it’s all about the swag.
A May 12 Quinnipiac University poll found 44 percent of voters citywide thought de Blasio was doing a good job. But among black voters, the figure was 68 percent — precisely double that of white voters. Political analysts say a challenge from a credible, liberal black candidate such as Jeffries would be a political nightmare for de Blasio.
“The biggest threat the mayor could face is a progressive African-American in a Democratic primary,” said political consultant Hank Sheinkopf. “His problem is the left — not the right or the center.”
Enjoy it, New Yorkers — you voted for it, you’ve earned it and you deserve it.