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Bill de Blasio

De Blasio becomes Republican whipping boy as approval plummets

NEW YORK New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says he wants to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential race. Republicans are making his wish come true. De Blasio, a Democrat who vowed to use the campaign to raise the nation's awareness of income inequality, has instead become the target of Republican candidates who call him a symbol of inept liberalism. His role in helping Hillary Clinton get elected to the U.S. Senate 15 years ago makes him an even more attractive whipping boy. What began as a trickle of Republican criticism has intensified as the mayor's approval ratings dropped to a lowest-ever 44 percent in an Aug. 5 poll. News reports have focused on his habitual lateness, an increase...