Bill de Blasio Admits He’s Not a Morning Person

Bill de Blasio, after finally arriving at his rally.

Bill de Blasio after arriving late at his rally.

Bill de Blasio might need to invest in a better alarm clock if he wins on Tuesday.

The Democratic mayoral candidate admitted that he overslept this morning, keeping dozens of supporters, elected officials and reporters waiting more than an hour for a get-out-the-vote rally on the Upper West side that had been scheduled for 11:30 a.m.

“Did I what?” he responded this afternoon at a second, delayed event, when asked by a reporter whether his tardiness had been the result of over-sleeping. Asked the question again, he said that he’d had a particularly “challenging night.”

“I got a call at five in the morning that threw off my sleep cycle. But other than that, it’s all good. So I wouldn’t say I typically overslept, I’d say it was a divided sleep,” he answered, refusing to share any details about the call.

Politicker reported earlier this week that, as public advocate, Mr. de Blasio often had trouble waking up in the morning, keeping staffers who were supposed to pick him up waiting for hours and showing up late to events.

The candidate today admitted that, unlike the current mayor, he’s more of a night owl.

“I am not a morning person,” he said. “I think we should reorient our society [to] staying up late, but I don’t think that’s happening right now.”

The front-runner’s admission came, ironically, after Mr. de Blasio urged the crowd at the second event–a “Women for de Blasio” rally in Lower Manhattan–to stay awake for the next three days, until the polls close on Tuesday at 9 p.m.

“I’d like to request: There’s really no reason to sleep in that time frame. I think a combination of espresso and Red Bull will take you all the way through. And people will admire you for it. They’ll say, ‘Well if they care that much, we better get out to vote,’” he joked.

Mr. de Blasio took the stage at the morning rally–his first scheduled event of the day–more than an hour after its start time, forcing a host of elected officials, including Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, public advocate candidate Letitia James and other supporters to mull around, waiting, as music played. Some speakers, including Ms. James, addressed the crowd multiple times to fill space.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has frequently talked about his early bird habits and credited them partially for his success.

“I always tried to be the first one in in the morning and the last one to leave at night, take the fewest vacations and the least time away from the desk to go to the bathroom or have lunch,” he said in a recent radio interview. “You gotta be there.”