Former New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio may have fallen on hard times, judging by a photo of the Democrat snapped at a local coffee shop.
The 62-year-old was spotted looking “lonely, cold, and homeless” at the Gasoline Alley Coffee Shop in Manhattan around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to the New York Post. Sporting a ragged beanie hat and white headphones, the former mayor was seen slumped near a window and scrolling through his phone next to a ceramic cup of coffee.
“He looked lonely, cold and homeless, sitting right next to the door,” a source told the Post. “Had the coffee not been so pricey, I would’ve handed him a $1 note.”
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De Blasio’s “frumpy hipster vibe” given off Tuesday is an abrupt departure from the image he projected during his last public outing on December 14th when he was spotted in a sartorial purple suit and black sweater while holding hands with local businesswoman Kristy Stark.
The liberal Democrat was already in hot water with Stark’s husband, who previously told the outlet that his wife denied having an affair. De Blasio announced in July his separation from Chirlane McCray after 30 years of marriage.
“She’s denied any sort of infidelity in the past,” he told The Post at the time. “If she has something to tell me, she’ll tell me.”
De Blasio may be down on his luck if it hasn’t worked out with the multiple women in his life. In October he was spotted sharing wine glasses and a candlelit dinner with a separate unknown woman, just a month after being caught having a make-out session with another at the Big Apple’s Empire Rooftop Bar. Both rendezvous came after he was spotted on the arm of a young woman who previously worked in his administration.
De Blasio did not have a comment about his state of affairs Tuesday, nor did staff members at the coffee shop.
First elected in 2013, the Manhattan native rose to national prominence on a wave of progressive victories following the reelection of former President Barack Obama. He made a point of highlighting McCray, who is Black, and their biracial son in television commercials and later went on to promote policies he said were aimed at improving the lives of New York’s minority communities. However, his efforts around carceral and police reforms were not enough to catapult him to federal office; De Blasio ran short-lived campaigns for president and Congress before deciding he was done with “electoral politics” for good.