New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, has thrown her support behind Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, but she says her college-age children, Chiara and Dante de Blasio, do not necessarily see eye to eye with their parents when it comes to the 2016 presidential election.
In an interview Wednesday with Jezebel, McCray said there’s an ongoing debate in the Gracie Mansion household over the presidential race. When asked whether her kids were supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders, she suggested they may be leaning toward the Vermont senator. “Uh, well, it’s possible,” she said.
Chiara is studying at Santa Clara University in California and Dante attends Yale University in Connecticut. Sanders’ success in the primaries has been attributed in part to the youth vote. The student debt crisis has been a cornerstone of his campaign and has won him surging popularity with college students.
McCray and the mayor have been vigorously campaigning for Clinton. Mayor de Blasio traveled to Iowa to canvass for the former secretary of state ahead of the state’s Democratic caucus.
While the de Blasio has formally endorsed Clinton, he has not discounted Sanders’ appeal. “I like Bernie a lot,” de Blasio said in October on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” but added that Clinton was “the most capable of executing the vision.”
Paging Hillary! Chirlane McCray says “it’s possible” the de Blasio kids are supporting Bernie. https://t.co/NSQXbRwUtk
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McCray, a writer who has worked in politics, told Jezebel she was confident that Clinton will be able to appeal to young female voters, despite Sanders outperforming her with millennials in the polls.
“Younger women just don’t know that history,” McCray said. “I think, once they learn more about her values and how long she’s been doing the work that women like me, people like me, find so critical, in terms of children and families and civil rights, once they understand the full breadth and range of her involvement and how prepared she is to make change, that’s going to change. We’re just getting started. This election’s not until November.”