Eva S. Moskowitz, the outspoken charter school leader who galvanized critics of the de Blasio administration, has signaled to close allies that she is leaning against a bid for mayor of New York in 2017, according to several people told of her discussions.The prospect of a run by Ms. Moskowitz has been seen as a significant threat to Mayor Bill de Blasio, a fellow Democrat and longtime antagonist, particularly if her candidacy was backed by wealthy donors who support her prominent charter network, Success Academy.Ms. Moskowitz scheduled a City Hall news conference for Thursday morning to reveal “her political plans.”According to a person told of her thinking, Ms. Moskowitz has viewed the speculation about her candidacy as a distraction for her charter school network, which is reliant on the city for school space, and for donors who might confuse the schools’ educational mission with the political ambitions of a potential candidate.According to two people told of Ms. Moskowitz’s thinking, she is unlikely to say on Thursday that she is pursuing a campaign.
She was never a "significant threat" to de Blasio.
She's too polarizing, has a reputation for nastiness and runs a charter school network famed for children who are so afraid to take a break from test prep that they soil themselves - there is no way she could win a race for City Hall.
Rather, a more friendly pro-charter figure without baggage - especially someone of color who could cut into de Blasio's support with black voters - is a significant threat to de Blasio.
These reporters need to stop feeding Eva's ego here - wouldn't matter how much money Eva's Wall Street sugar daddies gave her for the race, she has serious flaws as a citywide candidate and I bet she knows that.
It was said, I think in Eliza Shapiro's Politico NY piece on Eva a while back, that Eva was going to poll before making a decision on whether to run or not.
I bet she's been polling and has discovered that her appeal is low, her favorability rating in the toilet and a clamoring for her to run for mayor non-existent.
But because this is Eva and everything is always about her, she needs to make a grand announcement with all the attendant drama we've gotten here.
What a piece of work she is - self-centered, arrogant, hubristic, and vindictive.
Quite frankly, a perfect fit for a charter school leader.