NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio to meet with black Democratic leaders in Columbia

As 22 Democrats vying for their party’s nomination descend on Columbia this weekend, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will be attending a breakfast in the Palmetto State’s capital city Saturday morning.

De Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray will be eating breakfast with Orangeburg Mayor Michael Butler and other members of the S.C. Democratic Party Black Caucus at Benedict College’s David Swinton Campus Center on Oak Street in Columbia.

The breakfast will start at 8:30 a.m., according to a web page for the event.

In a field of 24 declared Democratic presidential hopefuls, de Blasio is among the 22 scheduled to attend U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn’s “world famous” fish fry Friday.

He is also scheduled to speak at the state Democratic Party’s convention Saturday, according to a statement from his campaign Monday night. De Blasio was not originally listed as a speaker for the event.

According to a statement from his campaign, he is also scheduled to participate in a candidate forum hosted by Planned Parenthood on Saturday.

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Emily Bohatch helps cover South Carolina’s government for The State. She also updates The State’s databases. Her accomplishments include winning a Green Eyeshade award in Disaster Reporting in 2018 for her teamwork reporting on Hurricane Irma. She has a degree in Journalism with a minor in Spanish from Ohio University’s E. W. Scripps School of Journalism.