Three mayors of large American cities – New York City’s Bill de Blasio, Los Angeles’ Eric Garcetti, and New Orleans’ Mitch Landrieu – are being buzzed about as potential Democratic contenders for the 2020 presidential election, and their travel schedules for this year’s midterm elections is doing nothing to dispel the speculation.
In addition to those three top-tier mayors, South Bend, Ind. mayor Pete Buttigieg – an openly gay military veteran – is also said to be exploring a run and building out a national profile.
While no mayor has ever stepped directly to the White House off their stint running a city, a handful of tried.
The most serious mayoral presidential aspirant was Rudy Giuliani, a former New York City mayor who had gained national prominence for his calm and steady response to the September 11 attacks. Giuliani briefly led the polls for the 2008 Republican nomination but flamed out after he was widely viewed as too liberal for conservative Republican primary voters.
DeBlasio, who also hails from New York City, is in his second term. He has staked out a spot on the left-win of the Democratic Party, although he has sometimes been overshadowed by firebrand Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)
Unlike DeBlasio, Garcetti has cultivated a more moderate profile and has been less public about his national aspirations, according to The Hill. But like New York’s mayor, he brings ties to a very strong fundraising base in the nation’s second city.
Landrieu has charted a different course entirely, gaining national press for his recent book “In the Shadow of Statues,” a memoir that touches on his experiences with racial tension in the United States. Such a stance could endear him to African American voters, a critical voting bloc in Democratic primary battles.