De Blasio managed Clinton's 2000 Senate race, after working for the Department of Housing and Urban Development during Bill Clinton's administration.
Meanwhile, deBlasio was on the campaign trail trying to explain his time in Nicaragua, where he worked in support of the socialist Sandinista government:
A lot of us in this country believe that the United States policies towards Central America in the 1980s were wrong.By the way, the organization I worked with was founded by Jesuits. As you may know, a lot of the work being done on the ground to help needy people in Central America was done by leaders in the Catholic Church, it was done by nuns. And the sense of injustice that was so obvious in terms of United States policies supporting regimes that were in many cases very unfair to their own people. That’s why I got involved because I thought our policies were wrong.
I think it was the right thing to do. I am very proud of that work.For more on deBlasio interventionist thinking and how he is likely to apply it to NYC, see here.