Black And Latino Pastors Form Coalition To Stop De Blasio

Kerry Picket Political Reporter
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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has seen better days.

A group of influential black and Latino pastors organized by the campaign manager for former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Brad Tusk, announced Thursday an effort to stop de Blasio from winning re-election, DNA Info reports.

“We are looking for another option,” said the Rev. Johnnie Green, president of Mobilizing Preachers and Communities and pastor of Mount Neboh Baptist Church in Harlem. “No one is challenging him. No one is talking about the investigations.”

Known as NYC Deserves Better, the coalition organized by Tusk has taken shots at de Blasio in the past and is looking for a credible candidate to challenge the mayor as de Blasio and his office face several investigations by state and federal authorities.

“This hits him in his own backyard. We’re talking here about hundreds of black clergy, ministers, people who are really of the community,” Tusk said. “I would imagine Mayor de Blasio is worried about what happened today and if he’s not, he should be.”

Although de Blasio has strong support among minority voters in the city, a recent Quinnipiac poll shows that voters disapprove of the job he is doing by 51 to 42 percent. They also disapprove of the way de Blasio is handling corruption by 56 percent to 28 percent.

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