2020 Democratic presidential primary candidate and Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio (D-N.Y.) got knocked by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) for campaigning in Iowa as tens of thousands lost power in the Big Apple.
On Saturday evening, New York City faced a massive blackout believed to be caused by a transformer fire that left thousands without power for nearly five hours in various parts of the city.
The mayor of the city, however, was campaigning for president at a stop in Waterloo, Iowa, at the time of the blackout and would not commit to going back to the city until hours after the event occurred.
In response to his absence, Cuomo â€” who has served as governor since 2011 â€” took a shot at the 2020 Democratic primary contender, telling CNN that he â€œcan count the number of timesâ€ he has left the state during his governorship â€œbasically on [his] fingersâ€ when asked about how important it is for the Big Appleâ€™s mayor to be present in the city during an emergency.
Cuomo went on to say that â€œmayors are importantâ€ and that he also believes that it is â€œimportant to be in a place where you can always respond.â€
â€œMayors are important. And situations like this come up, you know. And you have to be on-site,â€ the New York governor said. â€œI think itâ€™s important to be in a place where you can always respond. But look, everybody makes their own political judgment and Iâ€™m not going to second-guess anyone either. I do my job the way I think I should do my job and I leave it to others to do the same.â€
As the 2020 Democratic primary race heats up, de Blasio will have to balance both his responsibilities as a candidate and those of being the Big Appleâ€™s mayor.