LAWRENCE — Between retweeting mundane comments by the city’s public works and police departments Thursday about replacing water pipes and closing streets, Mayor Daniel Rivera had a tweet for the two dozen or so Democrats running for president.
“Looking more like a circus then (sic) a primary!” Rivera tweeted, responding to news that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio entered the race of Democratic presidential wannabes earlier Thursday. “No way this is a good thing! Maybe call @SpeakerPelosi (to) get some direction... this will end poorly!”
U.S. Rep Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is speaker of the House of Representatives.
Rivera’s tweet also asked Tom Perez, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, “@ what point does the party say something?”
Rivera has endorsed U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat who announced her candidacy for president on Feb. 9 at a rally she held in a downtown mill building in the city he governs, when he was among those who introduced her. In an interview following his tweets on Thursday, Rivera did not suggest that Warren should drop out to cull the overgrown field of Democratic presidential candidates, but he said U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, a Salem Democrat who represents the 6th District, should.
“There’s no reason why, if the senior senator from Massachusetts is running for president, that a junior congressman (from Massachusetts) is also running,” Rivera said.
Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, also should quit the race, Rivera said.
“We love the mayor, Pete Buttigieg, he’s a future leader of the party,” Rivera said. “But he shouldn’t be in the race.”
And de Blasio.
“Want to know the last time (the country) elected a mayor? The answer is never,” Rivera said. “When was the last time a New Yorker was president?” (Donald Trump, in 2016.)
“It’s a circus,” Rivera said. “Is it 23 or 24 (Democratic candidates)? It’s confusing for voters. It just appears like partisan disarray. Or that the people who run our party are selfish. There’s nobody really in charge of our party. Anybody who tells you this is good for the party is lying.”
Rivera said top Democratic leaders like Pelosi and Perez should publicly call on the long shots to drop out, clearing the field for more senior Democrats such as Warren, former vice president Joe Biden and U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris of California. He said that’s what happened in 2008, when Sen. Ted Kennedy and Sen. Tom Daschle, then a senator from South Dakota and the Senate’s majority leader, backed Obama.
“Where are the party leaders on this matter? Where’s the person who says to Seth Moulton, ‘What are you doing?’ Then goes to the press and says, ‘We love the congressman, but he shouldn’t be running for president.’”
Rivera said he hopes to be a Warren delegate at the Democratic nominating convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, next July. He was a Hillary Clinton delegate in 2016.
Spokespersons for Pelosi, Perez, de Blasio, Moulton and Buttigieg did not return phone calls or emails seeking comment or could not be reached.