de Blasio Won’t Run for NY Governor, O’Rourke Raises $7M in Texas Gov Bid


Former New York City mayor Bill de Blasio says he won’t run for governor. At the same time, Beto O’Rourke has raised $7M in his bid for Texas governor; Sanders blasts Manchin and Sinema on the filibuster and more top stories in politics.

Former NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio won’t run for governor

Putting an end to speculation, ex-New York City mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday that he would not run for governor of New York.

“I am not going to be running for Governor of New York State,” de Blasio stated on Twitter. “But I am going to devote every fiber of my being to fighting inequality in the state of New York.”

The decision by de Blasio is expected to further strengthen the campaign of the current Gov. Kathy Hochul, a former lieutenant governor who assumed office after ex-New York Governor Andrew Cuomo resigned in 2021 due to allegations he sexually harassed numerous women.

O’Rourke raises $7.2M in bid for Texas governor in only 6 weeks

Democrat Beto O’Rourke announced he has already raised $7.2 million in his bid for governor of Texas and only the first six weeks of campaigning.

In his Senate campaign in 2018, O’Rourke raised $80 million – a record at the time.

However, Newsmax demonstrated pointed out that, for years, incumbent Republican Governor Greg Abbott has shown the ability to raise millions of dollars in a matter of days, mainly through the backing from executives of some of Texas largest energy firms and corporations.

Sanders blasts Manchin, Sinema ahead of filibuster vote

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) called out senators Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) amid a months-long push to change the procedural rule known as the filibuster, which requires 60 votes among all parties in the Senate to advance legislation, the Hill reported.

Last week, both Manchin and Sinema reiterated they do not support changing the 60-vote filibuster rule.

Democrats are struggling to pass voting rights legislation against Republican opposition and hopefully, ending the filibuster will allow them to pass two on simple majorities.

“As the voting rights bill finally comes to the floor of the Senate, there is only one vote which will really matter,” Sanders wrote on Twitter. “Will 50 Democrats vote to override the filibuster, protect American democracy and pass the bill, or will Manchin and Sinema vote with the GOP and let the bill die?”

Democrats lead legislation pushing to ban stock trading by members of Congress

Democratic Senators Mark Kelly (AZ) and Kon Ossoff (GA) introduce legislation that seeks to prohibit all members of Congress, as well as our spouses and dependent children, from trading individual stocks. Instead, members of Congress would be required to place their stock portfolios into a blind trust, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The move follows increasing scrutiny over stock trades. Federal judges and central bank officials have also been in the spotlight over potential conflict of interest and have preferential access to nonpublic information.