Bo Dietl Says He Will Challenge ‘Big Bird’ Bill de Blasio for Mayor

Bo Dietl (right) says he will challenge Mayor Bill de Blasio. (Screengrab: Fox)
Bo Dietl (right) says he will challenge Mayor Bill de Blasio. (Screengrab: Fox)

It may be Bill and Bo’s excellent adventure.

Bo Dietl, a Fox News contributor and former NYPD detective, declared today he will run against Mayor Bill de Blasio when the Democrat presumably seeks re-election in 2017.

“Hey big bird, I’m coming. I’m going to run against you,” Mr. Dietl told Fox host Don Imus, repeatedly dismissing the six-foot-five mayor as “big bird,” a reference to the very large yellow bird of Sesame Street fame.

Mr. Dietl, a Republican, said he had been “testing the waters” and first suggested a recall vote for Mr. de Blasio, though elected officials can’t be legally recalled in New York State. Seemingly dismissing the idea later on in the six minute interview, Mr. Dietl said several times he would take on the mayor himself.

“This punk mayor continues to divide this city and these anarchists that are out there, these same Occupy Wall Street little punks, little, little rich little boys … if they’re not playing video games or playing with themselves, they’re marching around in circles out there,” Mr. Dietl, alluding to the mass protests against police brutality that Mr. de Blasio has tolerated, fumed.

“Honestly I am so tired of this city being divided. I don’t see black, white, Hispanic, Asian. You know what I see?” he continued. “A city, a great city, we got along so well. Things were so great until this moron came along to divide us.”

Mr. Dietl attacked Mr. de Blasio for building a higher fence at Gracie Mansion on the Upper East Side, a neighborhood Mr. Dietl also said he lives in, and accused the mayor of trying to conceal an alleged marijuana habit.

“My problem is, why do you need this privacy?” Mr. Dietl asked, miming the smoking of a joint. “Doobee doobee doo? You know, his wife is known to light the, uh, marijuana and he, that’s why he’s late all the time.”

Mr. Dietl would face incredibly long odds against Mr. de Blasio, but said he’d be able to fund-raise from people “sick and tired” of Mr. de Blasio’s “nonsense.” “I’m gonna get the money from a lot of people who are sick and tired, sick and tired of this nonsense. You know what, I have some skeletons in my closet. Open up the closet, baby, let the skeletons fall out,” he said.

No other Republicans have declared their intentions to run against Mr. de Blasio. A spokesman for Mr. de Blasio did not immediately return a request for comment. Bo Dietl Says He Will Challenge ‘Big Bird’ Bill de Blasio for Mayor