“I’m not a politician, but neither was Ronald Reagan, neither was Donald Trump,” Scott LoBaido, a 55-year-old self-described “creative patriot” told Fox News on Thursday evening. “Why shouldn’t I run? I can’t do any worse than this clown.”
He criticized New York Mayor Bill de Blasio over the city’s high taxes, handling of the coronavirus, small-business regulations, lack of support for police and exodus of residents and businesses.
“I think a monkey with no eyes could take over this office and fix this insanity,” he claimed. “So I think I could do it.”
De Blasio’s ongoing feuds with the city’s police, religious communities and even Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a fellow Democrat, have plagued his administration.
He’s also frequently butted heads with President Trump. And Staten Island’s Democratic Rep. Max Rose recently called him “the worst mayor in the history of New York City” in a congressional reelection campaign ad.
LoBaido has feuded with the mayor, as well. He responded to New York City’s “Black Lives Matter” mural by painting a “Thin Blue Line” at a Staten Island police precinct in support of the NYPD, which prompted threats of a lawsuit.
The artist draped a now-infamous banner off an overpass depicting de Blasio in a Che Guevara T-shirt waving around the severed head of the Statue of Liberty.
LoBaido said that as an artist, he is the voice of a lot of people, who he said can’t speak their minds for fear of losing their livelihoods. This includes small business owners, police officers, “one-job moms” and even the Wall Street crowd. A self-described conservative Republican, he said even his liberal friends and family don't "have anything nice to say about this mayor."
In that vein, LoBaido said his first order of business would be to increase the NYPD’s budget by at least 10 percent. De Blasio and city councilmembers recently agreed to slash police funding by $1 billion – even as the city sees sharp spikes in violent crime.
“Lower Manhattan, it’s a ghost town,” LoBaido said, referring to what used to be one of the city’s busiest areas in normal times. “It saddens me, it hurts me. That’s not what this city is.”
Due to term limits, De Blasio is not expected to be in the next mayoral race.
The artist said that an official announcement and campaign filings would probably occur after the 2020 presidential race comes to an end on Election Day. In the meantime, he’s working to help get President Trump reelected.