CITY HALL — Mayor Rahm Emanuel met with New York City mayoral front-runner Bill de Blasio on a visit to the city Friday.
The substance of their conversation was not immediately announced, but the meeting was confirmed by Emanuel spokeswoman Sarah Hamilton.
Emanuel continues to be a major Democratic player on the national political scene, and the two politicians have connections to both Bill and Hillary Clinton. Both served in the Clinton administration, where Emanuel was a presidential adviser, while de Blasio was in the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Both retain close contacts with Hillary Clinton, and de Blasio ran her 2000 New York campaign for the U.S. Senate.
Emanuel has modeled much of his administration on the successes enjoyed by current New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who ran as an independent.
As the Democratic nominee in a Democratic city, de Blasio is considered the shoo-in to replace him in the general election Tuesday.