As New York City spirals out of control, with even third-world diplomats expressing shock at how awful it has become, it’s never too early to start thinking about who might replace the walking disaster that is Bill de Blasio. Now along comes a former supporter of his considering a run. Let’s face it, just about anyone would be an improvement.
One of the nation’s wealthiest black business leaders is considering mounting a self-financed campaign to topple Mayor de Blasio in 2017 — saying he has lost faith in the candidate he once supported.
“I’m giving serious thought to running for mayor of New York City . . . I was a political supporter of Bill de Blasio,” real estate mogul Don Peebles told The Post on Tuesday.
Peebles and wife Katrina contributed $9,675 to de Blasio’s 2013 campaign and inaugural committees, records show.
But during an extensive interview, the lifelong Democrat — who is reportedly worth $700 million — delivered a withering attack on the mayor’s handling of taxes, charter schools, stewardship of the NYPD and chilly relations with Gov. Cuomo.
“I’ve lost confidence in him. It would be irresponsible of me to do nothing,” said Peebles, 55, who owns the largest African-American-run real-estate company in the United States.
“He’s anti-business, he’s anti-wealth, he’s anti-accomplishment. His performance has not been up to par. He’s failed.”
A socialist buffoon has failed? Who could have seen that coming?
Describing himself as a “pro-business” Democrat, Peebles described de Blasio as a divisive “socialist” who wants to punish wealthy people with higher taxes.
“My approach is to expand opportunity by increasing the size of the pie, not taking away from others. The mayor is supposed to be the mayor of all the people, not be the mayor of the Socialist Party.”
He slammed de Blasio on numerous fronts, from his management skills to his chat with his son, Dante, about how to act if approached by cops.
“That was disrespectful,” Peebles said. “What he should have been saying is that the NYPD is the best police department in the country.”
Peebles argued that the mayor hurt himself by continuing to press for an income-tax hike on the rich to fund his pre-K program even after Cuomo offered state funds to fund it.
“It’s very frightening. His basic view is that all businesses and wealthy people are not paying their fair share. That’s not true. It’s wrong,” he said.
That’s basically the platform of all the Democrats running for president, which should also frighten people.