(FiveNation.com)- Former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was among several Democrats to announce he was running for New York State’s newly drawn 10th Congressional district. Also running in the District 10 Democrat primary are incumbent Democrat Congressman Mondaire Jones, whose present district was drawn out of existence, and state Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou.
And so far, voters in District 10 aren’t particularly excited about any of them.
In a recent Emerson poll released last week, de Blasio, Mondaire Jones, and Yuh-Line Niou are all trailing behind “Undecided.”
A staggering 77 percent of District 10 respondents are undecided. Coming in a far distant second place is Mondaire Jones with 7 percent. Bill de Blasio garnered only 6 percent support while Yuh-Line Niou received 5 percent.
Incumbent Democrat Congressman Jerry Nadler, whose present district overlaps with the new 10th District, decided not to run in District 10 but instead will challenge incumbent Democrat Carolyn Maloney in the newly drawn 12th District that includes Nadler’s primary base of support on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
With Nadler out of the running, the new District 10 is wide open.
But voters in District 10, who suffered under two full terms of the incompetent Mayor de Blasio don’t seem particularly interested in suffering two more years with an incompetent Congressman de Blasio.
Congressman Mondaire Jones also faces an uphill battle. According to the Emerson poll, 87 percent of respondents believe it is either “very” or “somewhat” important that the candidate running in District 10 lives in District 10.
Jones, however, is a carpetbagger.
His current House seat is in Westchester County. Rather than lose a primary challenge against incumbent Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney in the newly drawn District 17, Jones has decided to run in a District far from home.
He excuses his carpetbagging ways by arguing that, because he is gay, he should run in a District that includes the Gay Mecca of New York City, Greenwich Village.
In short, Jones’ defense is, “I may not live here, but I’m gay too!”