Bichotte Endorses de Blasio For President

Bichotte Endorses de Blasio For President
Back in 2014, he endorsed her. Now, Bichotte is returning the favor as de Blasio runs for President. Photo via Rodneyse Bichotte/2014

FLATBUSH – Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte, who represents Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood and Ditmas Park, in a Daily News op-ed on Wednesday endorsed the mayor as he runs in a crowded Democratic primary field.

“[H]e has shouldered huge responsibilities and consistently achieved results we can be proud of,” Bichotte wrote.

Bichotte, the first Haitian-American to be elected to the state legislature to represent a part of New York City, went on to say that she has liked Mayor Bill de Blasio for a long time and was “struck” by the then-public advocate’s “uncompromising character.”

“When de Blasio first ran for mayor as an insurgent, anti-establishment candidate, pundits wrote him off. But he knew something they didn’t: The neighborhoods that I represent were suffering,” wrote Bichotte. “While flashy candidates were busy pleasing special wealthy interests groups, de Blasio kept it real. He stood up against the 1%, wealthy developers, aggressive policing, and the socio-economic inequities that divided New Yorkers into a “tale of two cities.”

Bichotte, a former public school teacher, cited de Blasio’s support for universal pre-K, raising the minimum wage and efforts on protecting tenants as the mayor’s upsides.

De Blasio so far has few home-city endorsements, though he did recently receive a union endorsement from the Hotel Trades Council. But Bichotte, who has consistently endorsed him over the years, sees reason to back the mayor.

“I, a black woman, a Haitian-American, a union baby, a former public school teacher and now a public leader, am proud to stand with him.”