Possible De Blasio replacement faced own ethics issues

Liberals concerned by investigations into New York City’s Democratic mayor have suggested replacing him on the ballot with a White House-appointed bureaucrat who has his own ethical baggage.

Some of the left’s top political hands told Politico this week they want New York City mayor Bill de Blasio out next year—and they may have the candidate to do it in senior White House official Shaun Donovan.

But Donovan faces his own challenges, including possible corruption and poor leadership while leading the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) before being appointed to direct the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

The quiet campaign to draft the little-known Donovan against de Blasio has been underway for some time, according to Politico, in part because of ethics investigations into the mayor.

The U.S. Attorney, the Manhattan District Attorney, and other offices have launched probes into de Blasio’s dealings, according to The New York Daily News. He has been accused of violating campaign laws and giving donors special treatment while in office, as well as being involved in a shady real estate deal.

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