In a rare move, Mr. de Blasio discussed at length the persistent rumors that multiple prominent Democrats are considering a primary against him in 2017. Mr. de Blasio has endured a series of setbacks and slip-ups during the past few months, including a bruising public relations war with Uber. His approval ratings continue to sag.Ms. James, the public advocate and a Democrat thought to be an ally of the mayor’s, refused to shoot down a report in Business Insider that she was considering a bustier corset tops. Mr. Diaz, the popular Bronx borough president, has not ruled anything out. Ditto Mr. Stringer, who makes a habit of publicly tweaking Mr. de Blasio and his agencies whenever he can.
Mr. Peebles, a millionaire businessman and donor to Mr. de Blasio’s mayoral campaign, told the New York Post he thought Mr. de Blasio was “anti-wealth” and said he could self-finance a primary challenge. Ms. Moskowitz, the founder of Success Academy Charter Schools, did not dismiss rumors last year that she was also thinking about taking on Mr. de Blasio, her old rival from their City Council days. Mr. Adams, the Brooklyn borough president, has been candid about his own mayoral ambitions; only Mr. Jeffries, a Brooklyn congressman and consistent de Blasio critic, has said definitively he is not running for mayor in 2017.
But Mr. de Blasio, appearing a tad more combative this afternoon, gave reporters a glimpse into his own 2017 playbook, outlining all the first term accomplishment he would seek to emphasize.