Mayor Bill de Blasio has turned to Facebook in an 11th hour scramble to meet the 65,000 donor threshold that would help him secure a coveted spot in the first Democratic presidential candidates’ debate next month.
The mayor’s been mum on his fundraising total so far– but one thing is clear, de Blasio’s critics are using the Facebook spots to vent their frustration at his long-shot bid.
“Help meet our 65,000-donor goal to ensure we make it to the Democratic debate stage…Donate $1 now!” read one ad paid for by de Blasio 2020.
The post drew five comments by Sunday afternoon– all negative. “Please focus on being the mayor of the greatest city in the world,” said Eric Davidson.
“There are only so many donation dollars to go around. We need a woman President,” Davidson added.
De Blasio has met one set of criteria for the June 26 and 27 debate to be held in Miami– obtaining 1 percent in three polls.
Each night will have ten contenders and there are 24 declared Democrats.
If more than 20 contenders reach that 1 percent threshold the debate organizers will then look to the number of donors.
But de Blasio admitted Friday. “I’m not set in the expectation that I’ll be in it, I’d certainly like to be in it but I’m not assuming that right now.
His hesitancy may be based on the fact that he had only 12,252 donors for his 2013 mayoral run and just 11,778 in 2017.
A Democratic National Committee source told The Post a decision on debate candidates won’t be made until mid-June.